Residential Commons Leadership Corps

The Residential Commons Leadership Corps (RCLC) is made up of students who are shaping and promoting the Residential Commons experience at SMU. The RCLC works with Faculty in Residence, Resident Community Directors and resident assistants to develop unique traditions for each commons that will foster community and long-term bonds among residents.

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Myths vs. Reality in the New RC System

An update from Meaghan, a member of the Residential Commons Leadership Corps and a second-year student triple majoring in Environmental Science with an Earth Science emphasis, Geology, and Chemistry, while triple minoring in Math, English, and Environmental Engineering:

Hey you! Yes, you! Do you have any questions about the RC System? Heard some things that you’re completely unsure if they’re true? Let me clear up some of the confusion with a quick myth vs reality post.

Myth #1: Those new buildings being built are “Sophomore housing.”
Reality: Nope. Those buildings are just five additional Residential Commons. There is no such thing as “Sophomore housing” on campus. In the RCs students of all grades will be mixed! Yay diversity!

Myth #2: Current freshmen won’t be able to pick their RC, just like incoming freshmen.
Reality: This is also false! There is planning in the works for a special event for the choosing of the RC. I can promise you, everyone on campus that is required to live on campus will have an opportunity to request their future RC.

Myth #3: Living in the same building as a professor is going to be super strange.
Reality: Living in the same building as a professor is super awesome. All of our chosen FiRs are down to Earth and have a lot of great ideas for interaction with students. Yes, they’re professors, but they’re also regular people, and they’re excited to share that with residents.

Myth #4: The new dining center (Arnold!!!) is only for people who live in the new buildings.
Reality: Anyone can eat in our fabulous new dining center! For more information on the new commons check out Tien’s blog post from last week! But it’s going to be good food for everyone.

Myth #5: I heard Mac’s Place is closing! That means it’s closing forever! Oh no!
Reality: False! Mac’s place is being renovated to be super special like all of our other dining facilities but it is not closing forever.

Myth #6: The new build is better to live in because it’s newer. And completely different from the other RCs.
Reality: All of the RCs will be similar in that they will have a crest, traditions, and colors. Additionally, every RC will have a Faculty in Residence, Peer Leaders, Classroom Access, Shared Bathrooms, and the like. They will differ in their traditions and identity alone, but all will create a sense of home for residents. No matter which RC you are in, you’re going to feel accepted in a community that is as diverse as the entire SMU campus.

I hope this alleviates some of your worries. Stay tuned for more information from your friendly RCLC bloggers!

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