McNeese Student Housing Newsletter September 2012

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<p>The Official Newsletter for MSU Housing September 2012</p> <p>McNeese Res-Life wants to say Welcome Back!Welcome Home! After what seemed to be an endless summer we capped it off with another successful move-in and first week of school. All of us here at McNeese Res-Life hope that you enjoyed your time off but are now ready to enjoy another great year filled with fun, awesome events and a great community of staff and residents. Have you become a Fan of our McNeese Housing &amp; Res Life page? Also, follow us on Twitter! If you are one of the few that havent got the chance yet, take the time to check us out. Our fans could win great prizes throughout the semester and are first in line for the information and updates around our department. University Offices are closed Monday, September 3rd in observance of Labor Day. Classes will resume Tuesday, September 4th.</p> <p>Important Upcoming DatesSeptember 1 September Rent is Due. September 4 First Financial Aid Disbursement of Funds September 5- Refunds are sent to Higher One September 7 Finally Friday (7PM, Housing Courtyard) September 8 - Student Tailgate (Cowboy Stadium Lot E) September 11 Integrity Workshop (3PM, LaJeunesse room) September 18 - Open SGA Meeting (12PM, LaJeunesse)</p> <p>For More Events go to</p> <p>McNeeseResLife.Com</p> <p>the living space. Anything beyond that is a gift, not a mandate. "Most freshmen feel a pressure to become best friends with their roommates," says Brian Roberson. "This isn't necessary nor is it realistic. They merely have to live together. If the end result next May is that they are best friends, well, that's great." Compromise. Many college freshmen arrive to school having grown used to having a room to themselves. However, that's usually not the case when living on campus, so be prepared to compromise, housing officials say. A steady give and take between you and your roommate will ease the tensions that can arise in a shared room. It is about sharing and coming up with workable compromises that both you and your roommate are comfortable with. Compromise does not have to mean sacrifice. It means working together with your roommate to determine the rules for your new living arrangement that you can both be comfortable with. Set rules. Though it may be awkward at first, having a frank conversation with your roommate in the first few days in an effort to set some rules will prove to be helpful long term. Whether it be about cleaning the room, listening to music or having friends over, letting your roommate know what might make you uncomfortable is important. Roommates should discuss 'Can guys stay the night? Can girls stay the night?' Even if it is against campus policy for that to happen, be sure to have the conversation. Remember always communicate with your roommate first. If you feel that there is no way of resolving the issues without mediation feel free to contact your community assistant, hall director or even myself, the Director of Residence Life, Brian Roberson.</p> <p>Professional StaffMarc Nichols, M.Ed Property Manager Brian K. Roberson II, M.Ed Director of Residence Life Jared Lognion, M.Ed Accounts Manager Jerlan Delmore Leasing consultant Amaya Stevens Leasing Consultant</p> <p>One of the most important factors in your success as a college freshman is your rapport with your roommate. College officials say that while incoming freshmen often worry about tackling 15-page papers or getting invited to the best parties, avoiding conflict with a roommate is integral to a student's happiness in their first months on campus. Ultimately, however, it doesn't matter how many common interests or habits you and your roommate might share. If you're unwilling to take the necessary steps to communicate, conflict will arise when stress levels spike. You don't have to be best friends with your roommate, but follow these five rules laid out by college housing officials to, at the very least, make the relationship cordial and conflict free. Call, don't click. "Be more than an electronic friend," says Brian Roberson, director of residence life at McNeese State University. "Don't just rely on Facebook, Texting, Twitter, get to know someone. People are more than the pictures they post on social network sites. Don't let problems pile up. No matter how well you might get along with someone, if you spend a majority of the day cooped up in a 300 to 400 square-foot room with them, their idiosyncrasies might start to grate your nerves. If they have a habit that annoys you, or there's a more serious problem, have an honest conversation, experts say, or risk unleashing a tirade near semester's end. The first one to know about a roommate conflict should be the roommate, Students often hold onto stuff and blurt it all out when things get to be too much. You don't have to be best friends. There are a lucky few who form lifelong bonds with their freshman roommate, but according to college housing officials, it's not the norm. The only expectations you should have of your roommate is that they respect you and</p> <p>Housing OfficeMonday-Friday 8:00AM-5:00PM Phone (O) (337) 475-5606 (F) (337) 562-6504 Email</p> <p>Visit Us on the</p> <p>In case of Emergency Lockout/Maintenance 1-877-867-8410</p> <p>The problem is not the problem.The problem is one's attitude about the problem.</p> <p>Brian K. Roberson, M.EdDirector of Residence Life, ext. 6505</p> <p>Dear Residents, Greetings from the McNeese State University Department of Housing and Residence Life. We know many of you are having a positive experience while living on campus in your new home. McNeese State University is a safety-conscious campus and keeping all community members safe has long been a high priority. However, despite our best efforts, crime and acts of misconduct still do occur. YOUR first line of defense is a combination of awareness and prevention. This means that YOU can take specific action to prevent, or greatly reduce, the likelihood that YOU or another resident will be a victim of a crime. To report any crimes, incidents, or suspicious persons/activity, please contact University Police at (337) 475-5711 or University Housing Services at (337) 475-5606. We are here to help.</p> <p>Visitation by the opposite sex will be allowed only during the following times:Sunday Thursday 10:00am-12:00 midnight Friday Saturday 10:00am1:00am Any resident found in violation of this rule shall have disciplinary actions taken against them along with being assessed a $50 fine for the 1st offense and a $100 fine for the 2nd offense. The 3rd offence will result in further disciplinary actions as mandate by McNeese State University Director of Campus life and possible eviction.</p> <p>To Report Overnight Guest contact the on-call CA at (877) 867-8410 Sincerely, Brian K. Roberson, M.Ed Director of Residence Life</p> <p>GET IN THE GAME!Come down to the Clubhouse and rent these games and over 150 movies for FREE!</p> <p>DATE9/7/2012 9/7/2012 9/8/2012 9/8/2012 9/8/2012 9/17-18/2012 9/20/2012 9/22/2012 9/23/2012 9/24/2012 9/28/2012 9/29/2012 9/29/2012 9/29/2012</p> <p>SPORTWomen's Volleyball Women's Volleyball Football Women's Volleyball Women's Volleyball Men's Golf Women's Volleyball Women's Volleyball Women's Soccer Women's Volleyball Women's Soccer Cross Country Football Women's Volleyball</p> <p>OPPONENTvs Bethune-Cookman vs Baylor University vs McMurry (TX) vs Hampton vs Arkansas State vs McNeese State University vs Stephen F. 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