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End of an Era: Finney Residents Move to Voorhees

Move-In Day is always hectic for students at the beginning of the school year. It’s a day full of hustle and bustle as students try to get organized and find a place for their things in a compact residence hall.

This year, some C of I students had to move twice, but for an exciting reason—during the first weekend of March, residents of Finney Hall made the trek over to become the first tenants of newly renovated Voorhees Hall.

Voorhees’ renovation began in the summer of 2016. Students were originally expected to move at the start of the spring semester, but due to unusually bad weather and heavy snow, the move was delayed a few weeks. Although it may have taken longer than expected, the residents of Voorhees are happy with their new home.       

“[The floors] are beautiful,” said Eilonwy Shugars, a junior who lived in old Voorhees last year. “The rooms are a little more spacious and a little more accommodating since you can rearrange your furniture. Everything is so different… but the community still feels the same.”

In addition to updated flooring and furniture, Voorhees Hall also features new automatic locking doors on all the rooms, two extra stairwells in place of the old fire escapes, a brand new elevator and several fully equipped, single-stall bathrooms. Although several of the features inside of the building may be unrecognizable to former Voorhees residents, it looks fairly similar from the outside. Residents agree that a lot of effort went into preserving the historic integrity of the building.

“In the stairwells, you can see the original brick from the building, and on the main floor they kept the original hardwood,” said sophomore Kaytlyn Marcotte. “I love that [they did that].”

Beginning in the fall of 2017, Voorhees Hall will be reserved for incoming freshmen, allowing the first-year students to establish a community with other members of their class.

Meanwhile, with the move complete, Finney Hall has been locked up, and construction has already begun. The building will receive an approximately $4 million remodel similar to the one its century-old counterpart just received, and the project is expected to be complete by late summer 2017.

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