(Photo by Lee Ferris, Mount Saint Mary College)

by Margaret Torresson

This year, things are a little different in the Mount Saint Mary College (MSMC) freshman dorms.

Last year, the male and female resident students were separated on opposite ends of a hallway or on different floors of the freshman dorm buildings. Visiting hours in the dorms were the same as the freshman curfew. Students were allowed visitors before 1 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, and before 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Now, the male and female freshman residents live in different buildings. Girls are living in Sakac Hall and boys are taking up residence in Guzman. The new guest and visitor policy, as provided by MSMC President Carson Daly and the Board of Trustees, is as follows:

“Male visitors will be permitted into the residence rooms of the female students in Sakac Hall until 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Female visitors will be permitted into the residence rooms of the male students in Guzman Hall until 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. All visitors are required to sign in with the security guard on the first floor of the respective halls.”

The creation and implementation of the new policy was designed to ensure the security and safety of first year students in the freshman dorms. Although this policy has just recently been put into effect, it seems to be working well and a majority of MSMC’s newest arrivals have accepted their new living situation.

As this policy is put into practice for this academic year, the new residents can hopefully look forward to a more secure freshman year.