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Don't know if you remember me, I'm the food girl. How is the new food service provider?

Hi food girl/shipping-is-free! I actually live off-campus, so I haven’t eaten the new food more than 10 times, but it’s definitely an improvement from the previous provider. They’re more willing to be flexible with their menu and work with students. The one thing I have noticed is that there seems to be more salt in this food—a bunch of people commented on it in a recent survey, so hopefully they’ll adjust that soon. 

There is still construction going on in Ham Center (some pretty intense renovations happening across all of Ham) so we won’t know what their food and service is really like until they’re done with that. 

In all—I’ve seen faculty and staff in there, and they’ve even said that it’s an improvement, so yay!

Go ahead and check the replies on this to see what others have to say. Other Novos, what do you thing of Metz so far?

The Roommate Adventure from the Second Day at New College

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At the second day of Miniclasses here at New College, I was sitting in my new living room in Goldstein with my friends Nicolas and Holly.  We were having a conversation when I noticed that Kathy, my third roommate was looking slightly off as she was fumbling with her keys at the door. I asked her if anything was wrong and she spilled her story: her bf had been caught stealing food from Walmart and had used his one call to tell her to go and pick up her car (which he had been driving) from the parking lot.  Did any of us have a car?

Holly spoke up and offered to drive her there. I volunteered to go along and as they waited for me to grab my purse, a packet of tissues for Kathy, who was quite upset, and a pair of shoes. (Shoes tend to be optional here at New College. I generally wear a pair of flip-flops unless I’m feeling adventurous.)  We also collected my other roommate Megan to come along.  I knocked on our other roommate Tiffany’s door to tell her that we were going out.

We all collaborated on the ride over to distract Kathy from her woes, telling funny stories about our families and situations we’ve been in.  I was concerned for Kathy but was confident that she would be alright.  There was this mindset in the car that this was an adventure.  One that could bond our motley crew of roommates?

I am a Natural Sciences person, and am fairly sure I’m going to be a Biochemistry Area of Concentration (AOC).  Kathy is a Math AOC. Megan  has a double AOC - German Studies and International studies with a focus in East Europe - and is currently a thesis student. Tiffany, the roommate left at home, is a Marine Biology AOC and also a thesis student.

So we got to the Walmart parking lot and found Kathy’s car. I volunteered to accompany Kathy back in her car.  We got out and Holly and Megan drove away.  As we got into Kathy’s car, my main goal was to not upset the driver and support her as we drove back.  But when Kathy turned the key in the ignition - nothing happened.  Flat battery? We’ve been left there and Megan isn’t answering her phone. We are officially stranded.

So we go into the Walmart to see if anyone there could jump-start the battery. Their Auto Repair shop was already closed for the day.  Kathy was freaking out a bit at this point so I started looking for a person to give us a jump.  A man in a shirt saying “Auto Parts”? Perfect candidate!

He indeed did have jumper cables and was willing to give us a jump. As we go outside, it’s raining cats and dogs.  Kathy’s car hood is completely blocked by cars all around her in the parking lot and despite pushing, her car wasn’t about to roll anywhere.  The Good Samaritan can’t get close enough for the jumper cables to work.  So, we thank him and he drives away. 15 seconds later, the car to the left of us and the car in front of us both drive away.  Damn.

Well, we’ve called Megan’s phone several times, to no avail.  I call Tiffany to ask for a ride, which she is kind enough to come and get us.  On the way back, we tell the story of the Good Samaritan and realize that if he had been in a position to give us a boost, someone likely would have been electrocuted in the pouring rain.  Tiffany had tian, a French dish, in progress back in our apartment and Holly and Megan were just finishing up baking a pseudo-Peach Cobbler downstairs as we got back.  

Back in the car, when we were sheltering from the rain and waiting for Tiffany to show up, I had promised Kathy that one day, this adventure would be viewed as the day that we all bonded.  She replied that if this was an adventure, she felt more like Bilbo right now than Frodo.  As we were all walking up the stairs, following the delicious smell of Peach Cobbler emitting from the pan that Megan was carrying, I asked Kathy if she still felt more like Bilbo?  She replied, “I’m feeling more Frodo-ish right now.” We all got in the room and had warm Peach Cobbler and vanilla ice cream in mugs. Kathy and I changed out of our wet clothes into warm fuzzy bathrobes and PJs.

We all started talking and Holly started telling amazing stories and it was generally awesome.  Roommate bonding achieved.  Moral of the story: pick your roommates carefully and they will take awesome care of you and feed you warm desserts after you’ve been wet and cold for an hour.  

 —Sarah O. 

Is it possible to be in a room by yourself?
Anonymous

Yes, technically. However, our incoming class is often so large that most people end up with roommates unless you are requesting gender accommodations or ADA accommodations. 

But, last year the housing set-up was changed so that first-years could also be in letter dorms. Letter dorms are apartment style, so you would have your own bedroom, but would share a fridge, common space, and bathroom with other people.

Still, you would need to specifically request that, so you would have to contact the housing office once you made your deposit. 

You can look at info about all of the dorms here and you can look at the prices across the different dorms here (scroll down to “Housing Rental Rates”)

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where are the gender neutral restrooms on campus?
Anonymous

newcollegeadmissions:

Our all-gender single-stall restrooms are:

  • 2 in Ham Center
  • 1 in V,W,X,Y each
  • 2 in Z (I think)
  • 1 in 2nd and 3rd court each (there is no public restroom in 1st court)
  • 1 in the library
  • 1 outside of ACE
  • 1 in the Four Wiinds
  • 1 in Caples

There are also single stall restrooms in College Hall and Cook Hall, but they’re still gender marked for some reason. I’m not positive about the restrooms in Bon House or in the Social Sciences office, but since they are old houses turned into classrooms/offices, I’d imagine they are single stall. 

Edit: Also, all of our dorms (except B Dorm) have their own bathroom and shower, so the only place with communal restrooms is B dorm. Those also have locked doors on the shower stalls.m

where are the gender neutral restrooms on campus?
Anonymous

Our all-gender single-stall restrooms are:

  • 2 in Ham Center
  • 1 in V,W,X,Y each
  • 2 in Z (I think)
  • 1 in 2nd and 3rd court each (there is no public restroom in 1st court)
  • 1 in the library
  • 1 outside of ACE
  • 1 in the Four Wiinds
  • 1 in Caples

There are also single stall restrooms in College Hall and Cook Hall, but they’re still gender marked for some reason. I’m not positive about the restrooms in Bon House or in the Social Sciences office, but since they are old houses turned into classrooms/offices, I’d imagine they are single stall.