Remember freshmen year when they sent you a list of dorms, and you were suppose to mark your preferences for on-campus living accommodations. Did anyone pick the single sex dorms? Didn’t think so. It probably didn’t even matter much if you were lucky enough to get the place you wanted, but to end up in the only all-male dorm on campus seemed like a punishment. At least that was the belief held by all the guys prior to moving into Huesman.
Making up the north end of the East Quad, Huesman Hall became the first home away from home for many men entering the college life. And there couldn’t have been any place better. Let’s simply start with its location. You could not possibly be any closer to the Lair which acts as your personal kitchen in the dorms or to Malone which is the mecca for freshmen activity. East Quad itself offers a more controlled and secluded environment from the other freshmen dorms that gives off the feeling of being more independent without being secluded. Two grassy lawns are in front of Huesman and Sullivan acting as a courtyard and serving as fields for soccer and now volleyball. There is nothing like having your own personal backyard and there’s a fountain. A legit fountain. Huesman also use to be a great location for parking because we use to be able to park right behind the Del Rey theatre. However, most of these spots have become CSA reserved, and we now have to park in the Del Rey lot.
The structure of the hall itself makes it the best dorm on campus. Having just one floor, no one has to climb up down stairs eight times a day. And being on the first floor allowed for one or two escapes from the window and the possibility of smuggling a huge Christmas tree in from that window. The building is comprised of two Ls which garners a mild rivalry between the Westsiders and Eastsiders. On the corners of the two Ls are where the RA rooms are, but if you live at the very ends like I did, the RAs will never have an excuse to venture that far down. I did not have a single problem with them when I was there. The rooms themselves are large and spacious. Just to give you a picture, I could stand straight up on my lofted bed and still not touch the ceiling. There was absolutely no stepping on my roomie’s stuff, and we both had our own personal space. At opposite ends of the Hall are the Huesman Lounge and Huesman chapel. Being so close to these things on the way home from class motivated me into actually seeing what kind of activities are actually going on for game night and into alleviating my guilt as a Catholic to actually go to Mass.
The legitness of Huesman comes from it being the perfect size to actually get to know every single person in the Hall. Whether its from kicking the ball around on the way to class with the guys playing outside the front door, or having damn good poker games in the study rooms, or sharing a cigarette with that guy on the East side out front, Huesman is a great place, for lack of better place, to hang. And don’t worry: females know where to go to pre-party.
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So I've been in Cali my whole my life: San Fran, Sacramento, and now LA. Living anywhere outside of this state seems irreconcilable. I've been in and out of LMU for the last couple years and have come … more
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