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Winter 2002
It's not your parents dorm anymore

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Likewise, Kathryn Foster '72 recalls that if she needed extra academic help, she generally had to rely on other students in Dykstra Hall, where she lived in 1967. "The kinds of resources that were available to us in the residence hall were the other students with whom we lived," she says. And there certainly wasn't anything like a computer lab. "There were a lot of portable typewriters. I had a little Royal portable — a manual, not an electric — and we would set it up in the sitting area that was off of the elevators and share it while we wrote our papers," she recalls.

Haro, who today is assistant director of UCLA's Chicano Studies Research Center, applauds the changes that have occurred in the intervening years.

"It's very important to provide that kind of support in the dorms," he says. "The university has to do all that it can to support the students."

One key measure of the success of the program is the number of students who return after their freshman year to university housing - 70 percent.

WITH THE COMPLETION of DeNeve Plaza this year, one might think that UCLA's housing officials might take a breather. That, however, is hardly the case as they prepare to launch into a new round of construction to meet the ever-growing demand.

The newest building projects — a 2,000-bed complex for single graduate students and three new high-rise adjuncts to Rieber and Hedrick halls, bringing total Hill inventory to just over 10,000 beds — must rise to meet new challenges faced by the entire campus.

"The campus continues with its planning processes for additional housing to meet the needs of future UCLA students," says Michael Foraker, director of Housing Administration.

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