Spartan Village opened last week. And students were impressed. “It is definitely two steps above everywhere I’ve lived,” said Tony Sanders, a senior from Winston-Salem majoring in psychology, with minors in criminology and Spanish.
“This is incredible,” said Chancellor Linda P. Brady, who spent Wednesday afternoon visiting with residents. “It’s nothing like what I lived in when I was in college.”
Emily Nanna, a coordinator for residence life, was marveling too — at the high numbers of upperclassmen moving in on opening day. “We’re 60 percent full,” Nanna reported at 2 p.m. “I was hoping for that for the whole day.”
Three of Spartan Village’s four buildings — Haywood, Lee and Union halls — opened to students on Wednesday. Highland Hall, the fourth building seriously damaged by a construction-related fire in March, is being rebuilt and should be ready to open in January, said Tim Johnson, director of Housing and Residence Life.
The university-owned Spartan Village complex on the West Lee Street Corridor includes 800 beds and space for offices and retail.
By Betsi Robinson
Photography by Chris English, of senior Tony Sanders and Chancellor Brady