Rice Cribs: Not all move-in days are created the same
Published: Friday, August 31, 2012
Updated: Friday, August 31, 2012 03:08
Another attribute that makes this suite an open and social place is its “open door policy,” which welcomes all passerby into their common room.
Upon entering this classic Lovett quad, it was obvious something was different. The front room is completely cleared of beds and instead contains three leather couches, a 32-inch TV and a bumping sound system, while two refrigerators and a bar clutter the back corner.
A set of Sony surround-sound speakers plays tunes clear as a fresh mountain stream, and the 10-inch Polk Audio subwoofer turns this little river into a raging waterfall. The men explained that when it was time to dance or have people in the suite, they usually try to keep the vibe relaxed by leaving the furniture in the room.
Eye-catching, framed images accentuate the walls of this suite. Sophomore Sal Tijerina pointed out signed posters from the band The Tontons and Lance Armstrong after his 2004 Tour de France win. A full-size wooden cutout of the Batman villain Two-Face, leftover from last year’s Casino party, cuts an imposing figure near the doorway.
The main living quarters of these Lovetteers is behind the suite’s common room. Two sets of bunk beds line an island of desks. The setup seemed like an office space combined with a dorm room.
“There [are] people who have bets when we will break up,” sophomore Landon Blair said.
While the bedroom is somewhat crowded, these men feel the empty common room is more valuable.
To maximize space, their dressers are lined up end-to-end on the wall opposite the couches and form one long shelf. Board games such as Risk were on the shelves, along with a Nintendo 64, Wii, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. One katana stands guard over the row of dressers, with its counterpart due to arrive soon.
Second-floor Lovett is a very social place, and these gentlemen plan to keep it that way. They are looking forward to the Eurotrash party this weekend and giving their subwoofer a good workout. Looks like these friends have found some of that “unconventional wisdom” we have been hearing about and can look forward to a great year to come.
The journey to explore Rice’s most imprsesive rooms continues anew this year with a whirlwind tour of newly settled spaces. Like most Saturday nights on campus, this tour begins at Lovett College.
Walking out onto the open balcony of Lovett College’s second floor is always a great way to meet new people, and this suite had some of the friendliest people yet.
The suitemates of Lovett 217 said they all lived together last year and became such good friends that they decided to remain roommates.
“Just get a group of really good friends and stick with them,” sophomore Zack Timmons said.