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Reporter spends night in Lewis & Clark residence hall

October 28, 2013

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    Photo by Janet Eastman, Oregonian

As part of her Sleeping in Portland series, Oregonian reporter Janet Eastman spent the night in Edna Holmes Hall, the newest residence hall on the Lewis & Clark campus.

Holmes Hall, which holds LEED gold certification, impressed Eastman with its energy reduction technology, including automatic switches that turn down the heat when windows are open. A campus commitment to sustainability is seen at every turn. “Recycling cans are part of the furniture in every dorm room and composting bins stand at the ready near the stainless-steel appliances in each floor’s kitchen,” Eastman said.

While the reporter appreciated Holmes Hall’s “streamlined European-style” faucets, reclaimed fir and maple furnishings, and coffee table crafted from an old car hood, she was most inspired by students’ eye for design, noting tapestries that “create a cabana-like seating environment” and art on mirrors and windows drawn with washable markers.

In the end, Eastman summed up the Lewis & Clark campus living experience as “simple, practical, fun.”

Read the Oregonian Campus Living