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Students choose new furniture

February 12, 2001

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    Elizabeth Cain, a junior who serves on the residence hall planning committee, fills out a computer survey to express her opinion about possible furniture options for the new building.

Lewis & Clark students are taking an active role in choosing which furniture the College will purchase for its new residence halls.

Crews built a demonstration bedroom inside Odell Residence Hall, complete with modular furniture from two different manufacturers: one offers steel-and-wood construction, and the other specializes in wood furniture. Students had a chance to view the modular furniture set up in several different ways.

One arrangement tucked the desk, phone and computer under a raised, loft bed. Another offered a low, single bed with storage drawers underneath and a desk that was flush against the wall. All rooms include an armoire or an upright wall unit for storage.

Jon Eldridge, dean of students, says most students gave the furniture high marks, especially for its modular, flexible design. According to the results of a computer survey that students answered when they visited the demonstration room, students want plenty of electrical outlets and shelf space for books.

Each room will be wired with an Ethernet computer connection to the World Wide Web.

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