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Living the Dorm Life

Alvin Chaney

Alvin Chaney,
Senior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 22 March 2020

Saturday, March 21, 2020 marked the end of my time living on campus. Due to COVID-19, Ohio University students were required to move out of their residence halls. It is very bittersweet to leave Bromley Hall without saying goodbye to my Resident Assistants, hallmates and the Facilities personnel. For two years, Bromley Hall has been my “home away from home”. Living in Bromley Hall as an upperclassman was a unique experience.

Two years ago, as a sophomore, I was going to follow the trend of moving out of the residence halls and into an apartment. Of course, being young, I had no idea of the additional costs of living off-campus. But, at the time, I was blinded by the allure of independence.

As I was debating my choices, one of my senior peers offered to sell me her lease. I was stunned and interested in her offer, until a mutual friend convinced me to stay in the residence halls. As a voice of reason, she described the pros and cons of living off campus and living in the residence halls. She shared her experience of living off campus and encouraged me to consider the costs (e.g. food, maintenance, renter’s insurance, rent, utilities, etc.) of both options.

Additionally, as a science major, she reminded me of the importance of a consistent study environment. She also reminded me of the rigor I would face in the next two years as an engineering student. Overall, she wanted me to have a better living experience than she did.

Two years later as a senior, Bromley Hall granted me the best of both worlds, so to speak. Since Bromley Hall is located in Downtown Athens, I was in close proximity to my favorite eateries (e.g. Fluff Bakery, Salaam Athens, Bagel Street Deli, Whit’s Frozen Custard, etc.) and classes in Stocker Center and the Academic Research Center.

Were there downsides? Yes. There are downsides to everything (like the late-night fire alarms, thin walls, and the raucous chatter at 2 AM, etc.) However, I enjoyed playing pool in the recreation room, studying long nights in the mezzanine area, and watching the sun set from my third-floor window.

Sunset from Bromley Hall

Overall, I am very pleased with my decision to stay in Bromley Hall for the past two years and I will truly miss it (even the late-night fire alarms.) Moreover, to those who are considering moving off campus, remember that moving off-campus is not a rite of passage. Were there a lot of critics? Yes. Did their opinions matter? No, not at all. Remember to make decisions that match your speed. Don’t rush before you are ready and always seek out additional advice.

So, for those who are considering moving off-campus to gain independence, you can have the best of both worlds: You can maintain your independence and live on campus!

ASCE Tour of On-Campus Construction

Nick Sparks

Nick Sparks,
Senior, Civil Engineering

Athens, OH 25 September 2014

Being president of two separate student organizations I am in the process of getting activities organized that will be fun for all. As a civil engineering student there are quite a few projects that are going on around campus that are great real-life learning tools. The biggest project going on right now is the South Green Dorms. For the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) we scheduled a tour. The project engineer took us around the grounds and inside two of the four buildings.


As a senior I will not a get a chance to live in these new dorms or go inside but, seeing the structure and all the inner workings was a great learning tool.


The new dorms are using a building method that has never been done before on campus. The entire building is made out of precast concrete. A precast building comes in sections that are made off site and transported to the job site. This means that the building can go up in the matter of weeks instead of months.


These new dorms are also going to have office spaces and there are rooms set aside for student use like workout room, study room, and can be a classroom if needed.


As a civil engineer it is cool to get out to a job site and see how what we are learning in class can be used in a structure.

Dorm Life

Sarah Anderson

Sarah Anderson,
Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 2 December 2013 – Coming from a small school where I had gone my whole life, I had no idea how I was going to be thrown into living in a dorm with a bunch of strangers. I hadn’t had many opportunities to make new friends, and even then it was always on my own terms. As it turned out, dorm life would be one of my favorite things about school.

I lived on East Green my freshman year in a freshman honors dorm. The floor I lived on was divided into boys and girls. I had a roommate (fashion design???) and my half of the floor shared a bathroom (cleaned daily!). After about a week of hiding in my room and talking to my high school friends on the internet, I was soon brought out of my shell, and that first quarter (before the switch to semesters) was better than any of my expectations. My whole floor became one big family. We were always spending free time in each others’ rooms, going to meals and events together, and staying up late watching movies and building blanket forts. Even my roommate and I were total opposites but we still got along well. Four years later we still have “2nd floor reunion” dinners and catch up on each others’ lives.

Freshman Year

It’s my senior year and I am still living with two of the girls from my freshman dorm. I have met so many cool people at OU between marching band, my classes, and other student organizations. As a Bobcat, I really do feel a sense of family with everyone at Ohio. Even so, my college dorm friends are some of the best friends I’ve made and we definitely plan on staying in touch after graduation.

Senior Year

Fall Semester Activities

Scott Kostohryz

Scott Kostohryz,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 15 October 2013 – I have been very excited for this Fall Semester. As a senior, I have begun ME 4701/2 (the senior design series), Halloween in Athens is almost upon us and football season is in full swing. I have been fortunate to be selected to partake in Robe Leadership. The course is only offered to senior engineering students in the fall. As a Robe Scholar, you have the ability to speak with great leaders in industry and learn about leadership development and some of the skills that can be improved upon. There is a leadership analysis of a leader of your choice and self-reflection in the course. Robe Leadership is exciting because students have the ability develop professional skills while developing technical skills in my other lectures and labs.

In senior design, we will be working with ATCO here in Athens. We will be assisting with the creation of the Passion Flowers, which is shown below. The Passion Flower is very popular in Athens. A passion flower is made from metal printing sheets from the Athens Messenger that have been washed, die cut, and assembled. My senior design team, Flower Power, will be assisting with the cleaning of the metal sheets for ATCO. Our hope as a team is to create a project where we can help workers with physical and mental handicaps complete the job. Currently managers are the only ones allowed cleaning the sheets for safety concerns using a power washer.

ATCO Passion Flower

I am also a resident assistant for my third year on campus in Sargent Hall. I could not be more excited. I have some great residents, some of whom are mechanical engineering students. In senior design, my partner and I are mentors for the first year mechanical engineering students enrolled in ME 1010. I have the ability to work closely with two residents in Sargent Hall who are also mechanical engineering students. I have enjoyed my time as an RA. Giving back to the residents and helping students in ME 1010 with their project has been a great experience.

Theta Tau’s New house

Devin Liskey

Devin Liskey, Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 16 May 2012

Ohio University’s chapter of Theta Tau, Rho Beta, just bought its first house. It has been several years in the works but we finally have one. Below is a picture of our chapter in front of the garage after we held our first chapter meeting at the house.

The house is at 34 Shafer Street, which is close to West Green and Stocker/ARC.

To save on clean up and repair costs we have had two work days at the house to remove wallpaper, appliances, and any other messes. This week our Housing Committee Alumni are coming down to inspect the house and make more decisions on how to fix up the place. We will also be holding a cookout and a classy yard party to christen the house.

The house will only be available for rent to Theta Tau members. This palatial abode is just one more reason to join the oldest engineering organization, in addition to a wide network of engineers that spans all majors.