Berry Hall changing to coed next fall…that’s right – coed.

 

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Most College of Charleston students are aware of the notorious all-girls Berry Resident Hall.

They’ve seen it when walking to class, visited it on a Friday night, or maybe even lived there. Located near the main part of campus on Saint Phillip Street, it is surrounded by other campus buildings.

Students passing by will more than likely notice the persistent Citadel cadets loitering outside every Wednesday, and students may hear rumors about the building being haunted.

Every upperclassman has always known this to be the norm for the 636 female occupants of the building.

Until now.

During fall 2014 semester, Berry will be going co-ed.

That’s right, coed.

Why is CofC making such a drastic transformation to such an old tradition?

Melantha Ardrey, director of resident life and housing, says it is to house the Honors College and the Living/Learning community currently housed in McConnell Resident Hall.

A living/learning community has different themes for each floor of the resident hall and allows incoming freshmen to experience dorm life with a twist.

The Honors College and Living/Learning communities will be housed at Berry, and since those programs are co-ed, the dorm needs to be open for any of its members to live in the dorm.

The current Living/Learning community is the McConnell Dorm, which currently holds 240 co-ed students in a four-story building. McConnell is located a little further away from campus on the corner of Coming and Wentworth.

Berry will now be catering to honors and non-honors freshmen and members of the Living/Learning community.

Plus, it will become coed. Yikes!

Current Berry resident, sophomore Katherine Cates believes that it will be good for Berry.

“We are known as the all-female dorm and all that kind of stuff,” she said. “We need some more diversity in Berry.”

Alexandra Rios, another Berry resident, believes the change “could be a little chaotic. Honors students have more work than regular students, and it could create some tension.”

Some students have wondered if McConnell’s dramatically smaller housing will affect the number of female students at CofC – which is much greater than the number of male students.

“I just think it will change how many girls stay in an all-girls dorm instead of coed,” says  Berry resident Jessica Cline.

Since the resident halls have no connection with the number of students accepted, this changes just means the campus is likely to see more females in other co-ed dorms.

“It’s not going to be just as beneficial being coed than it is being just an all-female dorm,” says Resident Assistant Brittney Johnson. “Other than that, I think [students] will enjoy it but I think it’s more beneficial for us girls.”

So my advice to incoming freshmen is don’t be afraid to try out the changing community of Berry – its transformation will make the dorm the most diversified resident hall at the College of Charleston.

 

– by Molly Dennis

 

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