Former EphBlog president seeks news about the College’s newest dorm: Horn Hall. The Record reports:

Horn Hall opened this fall, making it the first new residential building the College has completed since Mission Park in the 1970s.

The building, which houses 60 sophomores, juniors and seniors in its 40 singles and 10 doubles, boasts a number of amenities. …

The construction of the hall was made possible by a donation from Ragnar Horn ’85 and Joey Horn ’87. Both live in Norway and Joey Horn is a member of the Board of Trustees. The Horns’ $10 million gift contributed to a total of $15 million spent on construction.

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The need for new residential space took root in a college planning process that goes back several years.

“We looked at all the spaces and many were in need of major renovations,” Puddester said. “To start that project, we need extra beds. Now we only have enough space for current students.”

Garfield House, named for college President Harry A. Garfield, is scheduled to be the first building renewed in the multiyear renovation project. The former fraternity house dates to the 1880s and is built in the Tudor style.When renovations are under way, the 41 students living there will be placed in the new Stetson dormitory.

Key document in that planning process is the 2013 Residential Sector Plan. Should we spend a week going through it? Key point, with regard to Horn Hall, is that Williams does not expect to expand the student body. Instead, it will be renovating much of the current housing stock, taking a building or two “off-line” each year, housing the displaced students (conceptually) in Horn Hall. (From the student point of view, of course, there is not an actual displacement. Horn Hall is just another house that students can pick into.)

Quick feedback to Record reporter James Rasmussen: Try to be more than an Administration mouthpiece, taking dictation from our friends in Hopkins Hall. The construction was not “made possible by a donation”! This implies that, without the Horns’ generosity, the building would not exist. Absurd! The College has a $2 billion endowment. The College was going to put up this building no matter what. But, once they have a new building under construction, a wonderful “naming opportunity” arises. Whichever donor coughs up $10 million gets to slap any name (within reason) on the structure. Nothing wrong with that! Indeed, this is how big-ticket philanthropy works everywhere. But, please, try to do a better job informing your readers.

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