JU’s first open dorms of semester sparks discussion

Students worshiping together in Brown Hall during open dorms, Sept. 27.

Johnson University held open dorms for the first time this semester in Brown Hall, Sept. 27. While open dorms has been an event for a while, it is currently being debated.

Open dorms take place twice a month, once in each of the residence halls. This is a time when guys are allowed into the girls’ rooms, or vice versa, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Tyler Lopes, sophomore.

Several students spoke out about their personal viewpoint about open dorms; some even offered ideas to help better these monthly happenings. Many ideas, both positive and negative, have been presented on the topic of open dorms.

“It’s great to be able to hang out with the females in our home and theirs,” said sophomore, Tyler Lopes. “It’s kind of a more intimate feeling when you get to go into their home and see how they live, and I’m sure it’s the same for them. I do think it should happen more often, honestly. If it was every week, I think it would, after a while, be a part of your schedule. It would be part of the routine, and it wouldn’t be such a big deal. I think more people would participate.”

Jacob Leimeister, senior.

Jacob Leimeister, a senior, said that open dorms is awkward, but he likes that he can invite anyone to come in and watch a movie. He also believes that open dorms should happen more often.

Josh Stahlman, commuter.

“I think it’s a good idea, because it’s a way for the community to interact,” Josh Stahlman, who is a commuter, said. “This is a more natural environment (for students to hang out), outside of the classroom environment.”

Brooke Effland, sophomore.

“I like getting to hang out with my friends and see where each of us live. It’s really cool to spend time with them in a place where we normally don’t get to,” said Brooke Effland, who is a sophomore. Effland’s opinion is that open dorms should happen more often. She says that “it opens up more opportunity for community- actually getting to do things together in our normal spaces.”

“I can hang out with girls, not in the dorm, and I’m fine with that,” Benjamin Strunk, a freshman, said. Strunk believes open dorms could be made less awkward by happening more often, although he prefers they not happen at all.

“Because it is only one time a month for the guys and the girls, it seems like more of a hassle than anything right now,” Resident Assistant, Justus York, said.
Because York is an RA, he is required to participate in open dorms, however, he’d rather they not happen.

“We could either just get rid of them entirely, or make them for large sporting events, like Super Bowl Sunday and like maybe the NCAA Championship,” York said.

Brandon Toro, senior.

“I like that anyone can come and go whenever they please,” Brandon Toro, a senior, said. “It’s very friendly, like over here all the doors are open. Not having open dorms, most people’s doors are closed, and you can’t talk to them at all. We should have them more often, because it would be a friendly atmosphere every single day.”

Students have different opinions concerning open dorms. What do you think? Should they stay or go? Should they happen more often or not at all? Tell us how you really feel by clicking the link below to take a short survey on the matter:


You can also email any suggestions you may have to Cana Thompson at cthompson@johnsonu.edu

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