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Merrill Place Officially Opens

By Samantha Latos; Assist. News Editor
On September 14, 2017

Merrill Place Officially Opens 

Samantha Latos

Assist. News Editor 

Merrill Place, the newest building on campus, opened its doors for the first time this semester. It is the tallest building on campus, and the tallest building from Concord to Montreal. Residents are able to enjoy the view of campus, especially from the seventh floor. Entering Merrill Place feels much different than the rest of campus. Its high ceilings and colorful interior make it very inviting. It has a cafeteria-style lobby, with a communal kitchen and single tables as well as couches. The lobby has a few homey touches, including a ping pong table, pool table, and two gender-neutral bathrooms.

Merrill Place is comparable to Langdon Woods, although there are significant differences. Merrill does not have triples or suites, and so it is exclusively singles and doubles, each with it's own bathroom. Between three and four hundred students live there currently. It does not have a gym or cafe, but it makes up for that with its modern and eco-friendly technology. When residents open their windows, the air conditioning automatically shuts off, and on then comes back on once the windows are closed. The lights are all censored, so if a resident accidentally leaves with the lights on, they will turn off after a short period of time. Rudy Abi-Acar, the CA for the fourth floor, believes that this technology sets Merrill Place apart from all the other dorms on campus. “If you don’t want to get up, you can set a timer for the lights”, Rudy said, “So if you set it for twenty minutes, the light will turn off then.” This is ideal for residents who tend to be up late at night, and this feature is included in the bedrooms and bathrooms.

Nearly half of the residents are first-year students. Rudy believes this gives Merrill Place its friendly vibe. “Socially, they want to go out and meet new people”, he said, “You see them around a lot.” Residents of Merrill Place take pride in the community they have created. “I wanted this to be the best dorm, not just in terms of facilities but in people as well.”

There are several issues with the new building, despite all of the positives. Construction crews are still working on the sidewalks leading up to the building, and there is no parking lot for the residents, forcing them to park in the far away Langdon Woods parking lot.

Overall, this new dorm is truly unique in its architecture, technology, and its minimalistic atmosphere differing greatly from traditional buildings on campus. Time will tell if the rest of the campus will follow in Merrill Place's footsteps. 


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