Warren and Moore, Here I Come!
Today was my room selection period for the new College Halls at Kissam, specifically Moore College. As a result of a random lottery, I am the proud resident-to-be of one of 298 singles in the currently under-construction residence hall at Vanderbilt University. And the best part is that I will still have the option to live at Kissam as a junior and senior.
The halls open Fall 2014, and I can’t wait. Warren and Moore are six stories of community-centered, living-learning awesomeness. Each college headed by a resident faculty member: for Warren, Douglas H. Fisher, professor computer science and engineering; for Moore, Jim Lovensheimer, professor of musicology. The two colleges are connected by a community center of sorts.
The meal plan at the halls will be 12 meals per week for everyone (with roll-over), regardless of year, in addition to $225 meal money per semester. The current first-year plan is 21 meals/week with $175 meal money. Sophomores typically have 14 meals, the juniors have 8 meals, and the seniors have none. So as a senior not living in the new halls, I would either have to cook everything for myself or pay extra for a meal plan upgrade. But as a resident, I will have 12 meals a week until I graduate, which means that my financial aid will cover it and I will save a lot of money on food.
Inside Vandy recently published an article detailing the selection process and the results of the lottery: only 25.5 percent of applicants were chosen.
You can take a virtual tour of the halls here.
According to Vanderbilt News, Moore College is named after Stanford Moore, a Vanderbilt graduate who received the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1972. Warren College is named in honor of Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989), a Vanderbilt graduate Pulitzer Prize-winner for both fiction and poetry. He was the first poet laureate of the United States in 1986.
The Colleges are further subdivided into halls honoring the following individuals:
• sports writer Henry Grantland Rice;
• Baptist preacher, author, and civil rights leader Kelly Miller Smith;
• biophysicist Max Ludwig Henning Delbrück; and
• community leader and philanthropist Elizabeth Boddie Elliston.