Students return to find new choices
in housing on campus and in town
By Tashieka Hammond
Additions to UNCP for the fall have included an annex and dormitory and extra sidewalks and benches, while the town of Pembroke has added two apartment complexes.
Students as well as the local residents are excited about the growth and changes at UNCP.
“I’m so thrilled about the way Pembroke has grown. I’m especially excited about all the changes taking place around the college,” Pembroke resident Thelma Cummings said.
As the semester ended last year building began for Oak Hall, the Commons Apartments and Pembroke Place Apartments, all located near or on campus.
Oak Hall is a four story, 360-bed co-ed residence hall. The hall, which is smoke free, houses returning students, Teaching Fellows and Honors Program.
Honors Program students are assigned to the first floor, and Teaching Fellows are assigned to an area on the second floor.
The areas designated to Honors students and Teaching Fellows are both alcohol-free.
According to the housing website, residents are required to sign a pledge to refrain from the possession of alcohol on the alcohol-free floor.
Also, residents and their guests who have consumed alcohol cannot return to the area until “a later time,” according to the site.
The Commons at Pembroke is an apartment complex located on the left hand side of W. Railroad Street.
The Commons offers four bedroom, four bathroom apartments with individual leases.
Pembroke Place is a seven building apartment complex located directly across from campus.
Although classes have begun and students have moved in, there are still safety issues.
“There is a possibility that crosswalks will be added for students crossing the street. The county has the authority to do safety things here at Place, but as of right now I’m not sure what their plan is,” Pembroke Place Assistant Property Manager Laura Roose said.
“During the construction of Pembroke Place, security officers were on patrol but I’m not sure about a courtesy officer now that students have moved in,” she continued.
“My sister lives here and three CAs live here, so I’m not worried that Place is not safe,” Roose said.
CAs are community assistants similar to a resident assistant in a dormitory.
Mary Ellen Hunt, North Hall secretary, has been employed at UNCP for seven years. She thinks the best thing happening now at UNCP is the growth in diversity.
Hunt said she “enjoys meeting the new students and parents.”
“The community is growing to meet the needs of the university,” she said.
Chancellor Meadors has built a bridge for the students to the university and from the university to the community. He has done so much for the university and truly turned the school around,” Hunt continued.
Even with all the changes taking place, many students and staff are anticipating the addition of many other things.
There are at least 200 more students living on campus, Chancellor Alan C. Meadors told the general faculty at the Aug. 22 meeting.
The UNCP student population is approximately 5,900, he continued.