Success in picking Essex for new rez
Western's latest addition to its residence family has a new title, bringing the name game to an end.
The name Essex Hall was selected by the Board of Governors last Thursday.
Board policy requires the residences to have southwestern Ontario geographical names, said Susan Grindrod, senior director of housing and food services.
While most of Western's residences have been named after rivers, Essex has been named after a county. "Most of the rivers were already spoken for," Grindrod said.
The university did not give the new residence the same name as any existing buildings on campus because they did not want any confusion, the kind caused when Alumni Hall and Alumni House were named, Grindrod said.
When the Alumni Association gave a no-interest loan to the school to build what was later called Alumni House, the university named the residence after them despite already having an Alumni Hall, she added.
Other names in the running for the new residence were Wellington, Waterloo and Kent or Bruce other counties in the area.
The new residence, on the corner of Western and Sarnia roads, will house 500 students and will be ready for first occupancy in September. Each suite will contain four single bedrooms, a kitchenette, a shared living room and two bathrooms. Grindrod said interest in the new residence has been strong.