Students to evaluate residence halls

By Jami Peterson

Students will have the chance to let their voices be heard about the NIU residence halls tonight.

The program “Compliments, Comments, Concerns and Complaints about NIU’s Residence Halls,” which is sponsored by the Residence Hall Association, will be held at 8 p.m. in Douglas Hall C-Cafeteria.

A Programming Vice President John Huddleston said he came up with the idea so students who live in the residence halls can have the opportunity to voice their opinions about the departments they deal with.

“It is important students get the chance to voice these things to the administration,” he said.

Administrative representatives from Student Affairs, Housing, Food Service, the Judicial Office, the Physical Plant, the Student Association and the University Police will be on hand to field any comments.

It is also a chance for the administration to directly hear what students are concerned about, Huddleston said.

“The administration is always looking for input,” Huddleston said.

A President Dan Chamberlain said he will be the mediator of the program, which basically will be a discussion and question and answer forum.

He said the forum is a good way for administrators to be on hand to answer questions.

Don Buckner, associate vice president for student affairs, said he is glad he will be able to respond to students’ concerns.

“I think it (the forum) is an excellent idea,” Buckner said. “It is a unique opportunity (for students) to meet with a broad range of the administration.”

The forum will also help “enhance communication” between the administration and the student body, he added.

uddleston said he expects the forum will attract a large amount of students.

“We have gotten an excellent turnout from the administration and hopefully the students will be there as well.”