Steve Rash’s desire to tear down Newsom and Ellis halls is
focused around access to more electrical outlets.
“Our rooms have walls that are just three inches on each side
and there are only two outlets per person,” said Rash, a sophomore
psychology major living in Ellis Hall.
While electrical outlets are high on Rash’s priority list for
improvements to Ellis Hall, he would also like to see air
conditioning supplant uncontrollable heaters, electric key
entrances replace old-fashioned keys and new game tables replace
worn lounge activities.
“I would say that the quality here is a little below other
residence halls, simply because they are tearing it down,” Rash
Ellis Hall and Newsom Hall will be the first residence halls to
be eradicated as part of the university’s 10-Year Physical
Development Plan to build new student living structures.
While Rash simply desires more electrical outlets and new
equipment, Mike McCormick, the new construction coordinator for the
Department of Housing and Dining Services, said the university
selected Ellis and Newsom halls for specific reasons.
“Newsom and Ellis halls were chosen for replacement
consideration because of their age and physical infrastructure
condition,” McCormick said. “While both have been remodeled and
updated over the years, the building infrastructure needs at this
point have reached a condition where replacement is likely a better
alternative to further renovation.”
While the timeline for the reconstruction of Newsom and Ellis
halls will not be completed until this summer, a new residence
hall, located south of campus on Pitkin Street, will be completed
by July 2004 and will accommodate students during the future
Director of Residence Life Mary Ellen Sinnwell said the
reconstruction will provide immense advancement for the CSU
“I think that this is an exciting opportunity not only for our
department but also for the university,” Sinnwell said. “I think
students will benefit greatly from the enhanced residence halls
Cassie Beck, a sophomore political science and business major,
agreed that new residence halls would be nice but does not think
rebuilding is necessary.
“It seems like the quality is a little bit less than some of the
other halls,” said Beck, a Newsom Hall resident. “I don’t think it
necessarily needs to be torn down, the halls are not poor
Still, Jared Dose said as a resident of Ellis Hall he can
understand the need for student-housing alterations.
“Newsom is older and more outdated than the other dorms,” said
Dose, a freshman business major. “It would be fun to have nicer
bathrooms. The bedrooms are about the same size as the other dorms,
but the stuff is a lot older: the desks, beds, chairs and even the
As students are eager to have new food accommodations in their
dining halls, the land currently occupied by Ellis and Newsom halls
will likely feature several small buildings or building clusters
and new dining facilities.
McCormick also said there will be innovative ideas incorporated
into the reconstructed residence halls.
“A predominate emphasis on academic residential community
designs is currently being studied in the master-planning phase,”
McCormick said. “Integral classroom and faculty office space is
being planned within the residence buildings.”
Along with innovations, the new housing facilities will include
many improvements once completed.
“The design features of the new construction will probably focus
on suite type construction with a variety of single and multiple
room designs,” McCormick said. “We expect that the site will
include approximately 1,200 residents as compared to the existing
With the anticipated rebuilding of university residence halls,
Rash has only one statement concerning Ellis and Newsom halls.
“Tear these suckers down,” Rash said.