Hullabaloo Hall to be recognized Friday
Published: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 00:09
A ceremony will be held on Friday to dedicate Hullabaloo Hall, the newest residence hall on campus. The ceremony will also honor the three residence halls demolished that Hullabaloo replaced.
Kasey Kram, president of the Residence Hall Association, said the dedication will commemorate the building itself and the buildings there before it.
“It’s basically to recognize the building and honor the three residence halls that were there before,” Kram said.
Three residence halls — Crocker, McInnis and Moore — were demolished to make way for Hullabaloo Hall. As a tribute, three small memorials were constructed in the courtyard from the bricks of these buildings. The first floor also houses a fireplace built using bricks from the buildings.
The ceremony will include speeches from members of the Texas A&M Board of Regents and Kram. A time capsule will also be placed to commemorate the many developments in recent Texas A&M history.
Hullabaloo is only a temporary name for the residence hall, and the permenant name has yet to be announced — a detail officials are hoping to have taken care of by the dedication. However, Kram said the process of naming the building could take up to a few months depending on approval.
“The process is pretty high up in the University,” Kram said. “Various people on the Board of Regents decide it.”
Hullabaloo opened its doors to students in August, making it the first residence hall to be built on campus since Rudder Hall in 1989.
Hullabaloo Hall has living spaces on the second through fifth floor, which includes lounges and community kitchens. It is the first residence hall on campus to include elevators. The hall is currently operating at maximum capacity, housing 658 students.
Josh Ortiz, freshman nuclear engineering major and Hullabaloo Hall resident, said he enjoyed the new building, especially the design.
“I like that the building is nice and up to date with modern architecture,” Ortiz said. “I like the convenience store and the people you meet playing pingpong and pool.”
The first floor functions as a living area for all A&M students, which includes areas for games, conference rooms, a green screen room dedicated to video media and a community learning center.
Jamie Cooper, sophomore general studies major, said the residence hall offers a communal area not previously available to those on the north side of campus.
“Students who live on Northside finally have a common ground to relax, study, grow in the Aggie spirit and network — just as the Commons has been available for the south side,” Cooper said.
The ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. in the Hullabaloo courtyard. System Chancellor John Sharp, members of the Board of Regents and representatives from the Residence Hall Association will be in attendance.