By: Wrenn Woods
Two traditionally single gender dorms at the University of South Carolina may undergo some big changes starting in the fall. The Roost and South Tower might not be single gender dorms for much longer.
Resident Life Director Andy Fink says the master housing plan calls for major changes whether or not the dorms become co-ed.
"There is a ten-year master plan that does call for the potential of some demolition of some facilities and then a very aggressive renovations program," says Fink.
Students agree that both dorms are in need of improvements, but are they in favor of the change to go co-ed? Thomas Gallagher, a junior living at The Roost, says he would love to live at South Tower.
"I've been in South Tower. I know what it looks like. It's not the greatest place in the world. I'd rather live there because it's in the middle of campus," says Gallagher.
Gallagher also admits that The Roost needs an upgrade badly.
"It desperately needs renovations... it's a very old building.. it doesn't smell good, the bathrooms are dirty all the time... and there's like some there are some bugs everywhere," he says.
South Tower residents say the same for their living quarters.
"I mean the dorm needs complete upgrades. I mean it's already like falling apart. And if they want to have males in there, it's going to have to go through some changes," one South Tower resident says.
Fink says The Roost is already being upgraded with some changes. Sorority letters are being removed from South Tower in preparation for males to move into the currently all female dorm.
These changes should make future tenants more comfortable, but they won't create more room for USC's expanding student body.