In The News: Housing & Residential Life
About 3,000 new and returning UNLV students are slated to move into campus residence halls.
Students move into dormitories at UNLV Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. Classes begin on Monday, Aug. 26.
3,000 students are moving into the residence halls at UNLV today.
A rite of passage started Wednesday at UNLV as students began moving into the campus dorms to begin a new school year. There are around 3,000 students living in the campus residence halls.
Cheerleaders, Hey Reb, university officials, catering and jazz ushered in a new student apartment complex on the doorstep of UNLV Monday, one week away from the start of class.
Some of the UNLV students returning to school this fall will set up college roots in some new digs. On Monday, the ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for The Degree, which is a 226-unit on-campus student housing community.
Angelyn Tabalba has a long list of titles after her name. She’s a radio host who gives listeners lessons about Hawaiian history on her show “The Little Grass Shack.” She works with the Asian Community Development Council, doing outreach on UNLV’s campus. She’s an officer for the Residence Hall Association, a rising senior at UNLV studying journalism and criminal justice, and an aspiring graduate student. All commitments that have been made easier because she has lived on campus.
UNLV is trying something new this semester in the name of inclusion, and it's working better than anyone had hoped. School officials say an LGBTQ-friendly residence hall on campus has been so popular it has a waiting list.
For the first time in UNLV’s history, students living in the residence halls for the 2017-2018 fall semester had the option to sign up for a LGBTQ-themed floor. Named Stonewall Suites after the Stonewall Riots of 1969, the hall was the brainchild of resident assistant Sawyer Spackman, who spent last semester working up a proposal, with help from Residential Life Coordinator Andrew Lignelli. The floor is UNLV’s first gender-inclusive living environment, meaning those residents “may have roommates of a different gender than themselves,” Lignelli says. All 36 residencies are currently filled—another first for UNLV’s special-interest housing halls—and there’s currently a waiting list in case rooms become available. Lignelli says having Stonewall as an option has been especially positive for non-binary and trans students. “Housing placements can cause a lot of stress, so for these students it’s a positive place where they can be their authentic selves.”