A little update on Turck: this year, unexpectedly, more accepted students than usual decided to come to Macalester. Additionally, the improved food in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center
caused more juniors and seniors to stay on campus. This left Res Life (the department that manages the dorms) in a bit of a pinch for rooms. Their solution was to convert some lounge
s into rooms, mostly triples. For now, the third and fourth floors no longer have lounges, but the guys within (on Turck 3 anyhow) are usually pretty courteous
about letting people use the stove and microwave. Rumor has it that next semester, when some people have dropped out or moved out, they'll have to move and we'll have a lounge again.
For the first few weeks, as a replacement lounge, we first-years developed a "chill-de-sac" at the end of the hall, stocking it with miscellaneous chairs, decorating the walls with posters and funny pictures we clipped out. Though it was cramped, people even from other floors came by to hang out. Until one of the demonic RAs from another floor demanded its removal because of some farcical "fire hazard." And now we have nowhere to "chill." And Internet access is terrible. Boo!
As of now, Turck has a pretty darned high noder quotient. Beside the esteemed qousqous' former inhabitation, both I and m_turner's younger sister sarita live here on Turck 3.