- Associated Press - Friday, August 15, 2014

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Wichita State University students will begin moving this weekend into a new, high-tech residence hall that college officials said demonstrates the school’s commitment to on-campus residential living.

The $60 million dorm named Shocker Hall opened Thursday, The Wichita Eagle reported (http://bit.ly/1pwrjiY ). It offers about 780 beds in five different room styles, with a 24-hour front desk, five Wi-Fi connections per person and high-tech lounges, according to the university’s housing and resident life director Steve Larson.

Residents also will have access to a 400-seat dining hall and coffee shop, a kitchen and laundry room on each floor, and a main lounge.

“After taking a brief tour, I’m summing up how any student who doesn’t get to live in this hall would feel . jealousy,” said Matthew Conklin, president of the university’s student government association. “I was fortunate to live in Fairmount, but this is quite the upgrade and a very impressive facility.”

Two older residence halls will no longer be used as university residential facilities, Larson said. The apartments will be razed later this year, and one will be used for office space.

At the new hall’s grand opening, the university’s president John Bardo said, “This is about being a Shocker. It is about doing the right things the right way.”

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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