LETHBRIDGE: The University of Lethbridge held a grand opening ceremony Thursday morning for the new residence building on campus.
Mount Blakiston House will provide space for 259 students, who can start moving in immediately. Each unit will have a common area with a kitchen and living room with a flat screen TV, two bathrooms and four bedrooms. The structure, which is divided into two buildings in an L shape, also includes laundry facilities, study areas and several meeting spaces.
U-of-L President Mike Mahon noted that importance of the new facility when it comes to drawing in out of town students, "One of the things that we know about student recruitment, is that where they live and the kind of food they have, the kind of experiences they have on campus, is a big part of what they look at before they chose a university and so we know we have to continue to develop residence spaces to make sure that we can continue to recruit students."
Mahon also talked about the long waiting list of students waiting to find a place on campus, explaining that this is just the beginning, "My goal going forward is to slowly but surly put enough capital together to build another one, because it's a necessity. So the design of this is in an L shape and eventually there will be a second residence that will be the other L, and there will be a quad in the middle of it, so we've got plans for that as well."