Residence Services

End of exams will bring more than relief to residence students

Whether it crept on without a warning or it couldn’t have come any faster, it’s inevitable—December is in full swing. For many of the students living in UWindsor's six residence halls, the end of final exams will bring more than just a sigh of relief.

Danielle Gunsch, a first-year biology student living in residence, hasn’t been to her home in Kitchener for more than a weekend in over six months.

“One thing I really miss are long daily talks with my mom,” she says. “Right now we only talk every two weeks.”

Haunted residence to resurrect ghosts of Electa past

A Hallowe’en tour through the basement of Electa Hall will draw on the building’s haunted history, says organizer Michael Dasilva, a resident assistant.

“We are trying to make it more traditional,” says the second-year law student. “We are basing it a lot on its former use as a nunnery and all the legends of Electa Hall.”

The event runs 7 to 11 p.m. on Monday, October 29, and will feature student volunteers enacting scenes of terror—although the presentation can be tamed for younger patrons.

Volunteers make move-in smoother for new residence students

Going away to school takes more stuff than in his day, said a father helping his son move in to Macdonald Hall on Sunday.

“When I packed for college, I just threw my backpack on my shoulder and I was ready to go,” said Steve Robinson, who said it took seven trips from the van to carry in the supplies of his son, Dillon Robinson. “Between the iPad, computer, guitar, every bit of clothing he owns—it adds up.”

Luckily, he said, there was plenty of help.

“There were all sorts of volunteers offering to haul with us,” he said. “They were very polite and very helpful.”

Student heroes collect a ton of food for needy

Dozens of residence students hit the streets of Windsor last weekend, collecting 3,400 pounds of non-perishable goods to stock local food banks.

“It’s not acceptable that many people are faced with not knowing where or how they are going to eat each day,” said residence life coordinator Lynn Charron, one of the organizers of the day of action sponsored by the Higher Education Reaching Out (HERO) Project.

“With food banks not being able to keep up with the demand, it’s time that we reached out and gave our neighbours a helping hand.”

Responsible drinking message received, say residence reps

After giving out more than 1,000 pieces of candy, plus bottled water and literature, organizers of Friday’s “I Clover Sober” event pronounced themselves satisfied with the effort.

“A lot of the students are really enjoying the tips we are giving them,” said Donja Trivers, a residence assistant – academic in Laurier Hall. “We are getting a good response.”

The annual campaign encourages students to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day responsibly. The holiday is often an occasion for alcohol abuse.

“We’re reminding them to know their limits – and stay within them,” Trivers said.

Campaigns calling for responsible alcohol use

Several campus projects are using the occasion of St. Patrick’s Day to send a message – you don’t have to drink to excess to have a good time.

“St. Patrick’s Day is the biggest drinking day of the year for university students,” says Catherine Joyce, who works with Campus Police as student alcohol education coordinator. “It’s a nice target for us to get to them before the event.”

She organized an information fair in the CAW Student Centre Thursday, with booths on a variety of topics related to alcohol awareness.

Reception fêtes academic success of residence students

Sapphire Wood knows the value of student engagement.

In addition to working as a resident assistant in Electa Hall, the fourth-year women’s studies major belongs to the Outstanding Scholars program, serves as teaching assistant, and participates in the alumni phonathon.

“Being involved in so many things on campus keeps me interested and motivated in my studies,” said Wood.