UAF closing Stevens, Nerland Halls dorms for 2017-18 school year

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UAF students can expect to see a fuller house when it comes to their dorm rooms this year.

The upperclassmen dorms, Stevens and Nerland Halls will be closed for the upcoming school year.

According to Resident Life staff, over the past few years these dorms haven't been fully occupied.
A majority of athletes will be placed in Lathrop Hall, which is significantly closer to the athletic facilities on campus.

Resident Director Mary Ellen Cottle says students shouldn't worry about the dorm closures.
She says with more students to a dorm, it allows Resident Assistants to provide a better experience for students living on campus.

"In the past years they've just not been as fully occupied and so we decided this year to more enhance the communities that our other halls offer. Closing down that hall will increase the resident population in others on campus because when we have less students in the halls it just kind of makes for less activity. It's not negative for us and Residents Life. It's a positive. We're looking at it as a great opportunity to do more for each hall and to provide more and better service. Customer service is a big thing this year for us of making sure that we make the living experience for first year and returner 100 positive."