Residential Commons

Diary of an FIR: The Silent Disco, Part I

An update from Ann Batenburg, Faculty in Residence (FiR) for the Virginia-Snider Residential Commons: August 28, 2013 It’s been a big day. All of you over the age of 40 will be relieved to know that the Electric Slide is alive and well. I know this because I went to the Silent Disco tonight. All of you under the age of 40 will not comprehend my next statement: Horror of horrors, after years of a not-entirely-silent protest against it, I am now on Facebook. (And blogging, for heaven’s sake. When I announced these things to my best friend, Edmond, his response was, “Who are you?”) Seeking to use this new social networking tool (Well, it’s new to me, isn’t it?), I [...]

2013-10-22T10:12:54+00:00 October 2nd, 2013|SMU Faculty in Residence|

The Future of Friendship

An update from Jamie, a member of the Residential Commons Leadership Corps and a second-year student majoring in accounting in the Cox School of Business. Jamie observed the residential commons model in Oxford first-hand. I’m not bragging here, but I have over 1,000 Facebook friends. In fact, I’m almost to 2,000. That’s a lot of people. Pew Research reports that 94% of teen social media users have a Facebook profile. That’s more than 7 million kids. And even though other social media sites are growing, 81% of those surveyed said that Facebook is still the profile they use most often. The reason? Because they have the most connections. But, do I really have 1,992 friends? In the '90s, anthropologist Robin Dunbar famously [...]

2013-10-22T10:13:19+00:00 October 2nd, 2013|Residential Commons Leadership Corps|

A Day in the Life of an RCLC member

An update from Tien, a member of the Residential Commons Leadership Corps and a second-year student majoring in Advertising and Public Relations. Tien shares a day of her life in the Residential Commons. RISE AND SHINE!!! It's Test Day! Having breakfast with some last-minute study time Walking through this Meadows maze to get to class Creativity is over! Using my downtime to look ahead to events in October. IS IT FOOD TRUCK TUESDAY!?!? Skipped out on lunch at Umph today for some delicious Crawfish Etoufee! Enjoying the beautiful weather and scenery on my way to bio lab!  We are looking at bacteria samples from last week.  Lab is over and it's time to head to the Diversity Committee weekly meeting. 8 hours have [...]

2013-10-22T10:13:46+00:00 September 27th, 2013|Residential Commons Leadership Corps|

Diary of a FiR: Week 2

An update from Ann Batenburg, Faculty in Residence (FiR) for the Virginia-Snider Residential Commons: August 27 Fire drill. 6:30 a.m. ‘Nuf said? They warned me ahead of time, so I did have advance notice. And it’s not like I haven’t been through this before; after all, I was an undergraduate myself in the distant past subjected to this state-mandated form of torture. More recently, I was a “House Counselor” (Read: “RA.”) for a boarding high school for girls in North Carolina. The building was very old and dusty, and its particle-sensing fire alarm system was very new and sensitive: a tragic combination. It was unfortunately common to have two or three fire alarms go off in a single evening. So, it’s [...]

2013-10-22T10:21:16+00:00 September 24th, 2013|SMU Faculty in Residence|

Oxford Recap: Sherlock Holmes Style

An update from Jamie, a member of the Residential Commons Leadership Corps and a second-year student majoring in accounting in the Cox School of Business. Jamie observed the residential commons model in Oxford first-hand. When I got on the 7-hour flight to London, I had no idea what to expect. I’d never been on a trip where the entire purpose was to observe your surroundings and learn from other people. (Actually, I’ve never been abroad before, either.) Vacations are all about relaxation or sightseeing. Study abroad is for actual classes and internships. Some trips are to visit old friends, or to make new ones. This trip was merely for comparison and social research. And the scariest part was that it [...]

2013-10-22T10:23:20+00:00 September 21st, 2013|Residential Commons Leadership Corps|

Diary of a Faculty in Residence

An update from Ann Batenburg, Faculty in Residence (FiR) for the Virginia-Snider Residential Commons: Week 1, August 12: First Impressions The Boulevard is my front lawn. Before I completely moved in, I quickly decided that I am never leaving. Virginia-Snider Residential Commons I feel like I’ve moved into a fancy hotel. My apartment in the residence hall, carved out of the space in which several student rooms used to be, is swanky by my standards: beautiful hardwood floors, granite countertops, a larger kitchen and pantry than my cooking skills deserve, top of the line appliances and cabinetry, two bedrooms, and 2.5 baths in roughly 1,400 square feet of space. I am swimming in luxury. One of the resident [...]

2013-10-22T10:22:33+00:00 September 19th, 2013|SMU Faculty in Residence|
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