LU says the residential building is too costly to operate
By Amoni Lewis/Clarion News
Photos by Sydnee Bryant and Elise Eaker/Clarion News
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – About 100 students living in Dawson Hall began moving Friday afternoon to other campus dorms in a measure to save the university money. According to Dawson Hall residents, students were notified last week during a meeting with Brian Bennett, LU’s director of residential life and housing.
“They said Dawson is going offline right now due to low enrollment,” said Hassaun Jones, a freshman business administration major from St. Louis, while talking with the Clarion News on Friday. “There’s only 100 students in the building and Dawson holds 300.” Jones said he was notified on Thursday that he would be moving Friday across campus to Anthony Hall.
Jones also said that Dawson residents would be moved to other dorms, including Tull, Martin, Bennett, Anthony, and Sherman. He noted that the university offered to assist with moving. Although some students seem a little blindsided by the move, others seem OK with it.
A student referring to himself only as Von, said he was OK with the relocation. The freshman physical education major from Chicago said he was moving to a building where he already knows a lot of students.
“When I found out in the meeting that I was moving, I was like, alright, that’s cool,” Von said. “I know for a fact I have to move tonight.” Several Dawson residents said students would be moved out according to the floor they reside on. An email distributed across the campus noted the move might take two weeks, providing enough time to limit disruption of studies.
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