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Smith Hall to host gaming community

When students with common interests share a space, it can create a close community and lasting friendships. That is the whole idea behind themed housing.

In the fall, Doane will do a trial run of community themed housing, in which 16 students have signed up to move into a gaming community on the first floor of Smith Hall.

“From time to time we have students ask about themed housing,” said Sean Griffin, Residence Life assistant director. “We had enough positive response about themed housing that we decided to try it.”

The community consists of nine males and six females, all of which are upperclassmen.

Students within the Smith Hall community will have the opportunity to come up with events, involving anything from video games to board games.

“We want the community to be student driven,” Griffin said “They will set a lot of the calendar themselves.”

Residence Life Director Kevin Bollinger said that students who were a part of themed housing had the opportunity to develop camaraderie as well as create a tighter community.

If other students showed interest in creating other themed living communities, Griffin said Residence Life would be open to it.

“We’re in a better position to offer it than we were in the past,” he said. “We may look to see if we can open something like this in Frees and Sheldon Halls for incoming first-year students.”

Becoming part of themed housing requires filling out a short application and adhering to GPA requirements to ensure living within the community is not getting in the way of studies.

Griffin, though, said Residence Life wanted the community to be available to as many students as possible.

“We’ll see kind of where the students take (the gaming community).”