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NIU cuts ribbon on new student housing facilities

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Tens of millions of dollars in construction and development efforts mean new state of the art living quarters for Northern Illinois University students.

"I don't think ever in my life, I've lived at a place that's this nice and new before," Mike Wohlner.

Wohlner is a sophomore at NIU. He thinks the sand volleyball and basketball courts are great but he's really excited for hitting the books.

He says this new residence will help him do that.

"In addition to that, every room here is a single so I'm going to have a lot of my own privacy here which will hopefully help bring up my GPA this semester so I'm really looking forward to that."

"This kind of privacy is what they've been looking for for a number of years and I think it's going to provide a variety of options for students. So we'll still have some of our traditional residence hall settings for students but this will also give a more high end, contemporary option for students if this is what they're looking for," said NIU Executive Director of Housing and Dining, Mike Stang.

It's not only the residents though who see how beneficial the new facility could be.

Community advisors are already moving into their apartments at the center awaiting the arrival of soon to be neighbors.

"This is just awesome because it's new and I have a little more space to do one on one's with residents and programs," said Sam Rossi IV, community advisor.

Rossi looks forward to starting the new school year and the change that comes along with it.

"A big change will be, not seeing each other on the way to the bathroom."

Some of his responsibilities include creating a sense of community and making residents feel at home and welcome.

He doesn't think he'll have any trouble considering common areas are equipped with cooking needs and entertainment wants.

"The lounges are so awesome and the TVs are so awesome that people will be out and talking with each other anyway's."

Rooms will be ready for students as they begin or return for fall semester. NIU's official move-in day is next week, August 23rd.

The first day for students is the following Monday, August 27th.

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