Centennial Snippets - Housing & Residential Life
- Rutledge Hall
- It was the first residence hall built in 1911 on the campus of what was then called
Middle Tennessee Normal.
- This women's residence hall was named for its first dorm hostess, Emma Rutledge.
- There was no indoor plumbing.
- Construction costs were paid by Rutherford County and the city of Murfreesboro.
- There was a 10 o'clock curfew with lights out at 10:30.
- Cummings Hall
- This residence hall was named for former state senator Jim Cummings.
- The 1973 yearbook says that the parking lot behind Cummings Hall was a popular place
to take a date on Saturday night.
- In 2011 this parking lot gave way to new construction sites: the College of Education
and Student Union buildings.
- Smith Hall
- It was built in 1951 to accommodate 200 men.
- Jones Hall
- This residence hall was constructed in 1921 for women but later became a men's hall.
- Prior to 1921 male students commuted or lived in a nearby house, the Kittrell home
on Main Street.
- Jones Hall was named for R. L. Jones, the university's first president.
- Jones Hall is now home to offices and classrooms.
- Corlew Hall
- It was named for Dr. Robert Corlew, a history professor and former Vice President
for Academic Affairs.
- Beasley Hall
- This residence hall was once known as the "athletic dorm" as it housed most of the
- Vet Village
- In 1946 the university received federal funds to move buildings from military bases
- This was where families of veterans of World War II lived.
- Trailer Town
- Married students lived here.
- It was located on the east side of camups with Vet Village.
- These were privately owned house trailers.
- It had a mayor and a community grocery with a recreation room inside.
- Cable television was made available to the residence halls in 1987.
- In 1992 cable was in every room with no additional charge to students.
- Evolution of Housing costs:
- In 1912 furnished rooms cost $10 per month.
- In 1982 costs were $455 per semester.
- In 1985 the cost was $472 per semester.
- Current costs vary depending on the residence hall and whether rooms are shared or
- Prices range from $1,796 - $4,448 per semester.
- Ivan Shewmake was a former Director of Housing.
- He brought about the idea of personalizing residence hall rooms.
- The 1984 yearbook says "the concept turned stark rooms into something very unique."
- Rooms and hallways were allowed to be painted.
- Floors could be retiled with designs.
- Certain guidelines had to be followed.
- Dr. Debra Sells replaced Ivan as director in 1996.
- She is the current Vice President for Student Affairs, Enrollment & Academic Services.
- Sarah Sudak, current Dean of Students, replaced Dr. Sells as Director of Housing.
- Andy Bickers is the current Director.
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