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Iba Hall closing after summer

Residential Life will close Iba Hall for student use at the end of this summer because new suite-style living has lessened the need for traditional halls.


Parker Hall will remain open and offer 12-month housing for non-freshmen, said Bob Huss, the director of Residential Life.


Input from students, staff and the Residence Halls Association guided the decision, Huss said.


"It is never an easy decision to close a hall to student use," he said. "This decision was made with a great deal of thought and input."


Huss said students chose Parker over Iba because Parker has better lounges, is attached to dining options and is closer to the rest of campus.


He added that Parker has a movie theater in its basement.


Iba is home to about 100 residents and had about 80 students return from the past year and Parker houses about 160 students and had about 60 students returning, Huss said.


Iba will not be torn down, he said.


"We plan to find another purpose for it," Huss said. "We haven't decided what that will be yet."


Considerations include housing academic offices or the department of corrections, now in Scott Hall.


Iba residents will be given priority when moving to other halls during the priority sign-up process that begins next week. They will receive the same priority as a resident living in the hall.


"The residents of Iba are an important part of the campus population, and they have a great deal to offer their new communities," Huss said.


The Spanish House learning community will move to the 10th floor of Wentz Hall to allow freshmen to participate and provide a kitchen for programming use.