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Lourdes enrollment in campus apartments grows

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Sarah Thompson, 18, is a new Lourdes student from Florida and plans to study business management and marketing.

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Inside a Lourdes University administrator's office is a dry-erase board with figures and statistics written in different colors.

Enrollment figures change frequently in the initial days of classes at the Sylvania school, but one figure more certain is the increase in students signing up to live in the university housing, the on-campus Lourdes Commons, an apartment complex at Brint and McCord roads.

The figure started at 310, and was climbing.

First-year student, Sarah Thompson, from Miami, Fla., chose to live in the apartments and take advantage of the newly renovated outdoor sport courts, where a pool was located.

“I enjoy this time of year, where I can play basketball,” she said. The 18-year-old business management student is practicing hoops in preparation for the Lourdes basketball team tryouts in September.

Lourdes Commons also have a new volleyball court and Frisbee golf course.

For residents, the pool was open only a week, so the university constructed other outdoor facilities to serve more students, to let them keep active as well as socialize.

Roseanne Gill-Jacobson, Lourdes vice president of student life, said the Frisbee golf course, with bright green artificial turf and orange seating, was created at the suggestion of student government. The university plans to expand it from a 9-hole course to 18 holes, she said.

Another addition at Lourdes Commons is the Den, a room where students can mingle and relax between classes. The room is a big open space where resident-students pick up mail and take care of business with residence life office.

The space is open to all students to play pool, watch TV, and have conversations. ”It’s hip,” Ms. Gill-Jacobson said. 

Anther program contributing to bettering student life at Lourdes is a student organization which coordinates on- and off-campus functions called L.E.A.P., or Lourdes Events and Activities Planning. One such event is Friday night’s Light It Up social event where students will sit around a bonfire, roasting marshmallows and making s’mores.

Junior Emily Orsini, 20, a student who is part of L.E.A.P, said, “We try to plan events every weekend to encourage students that there is more than going out and partying.”

Contact Natalie Trusso Cafarello at: 419-206-0356 or ntrusso@theblade.com

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