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August 24, 2013

Youth gets surprise at Indiana State

Grandma once lived in dorm room

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Kenworthy, a retired elementary and special education teacher, recalled that the women of Erickson Hall in 1963 could have male visitors during “open house” from 2-4 p.m. on Sundays, “but the doors were supposed to be open if you had a gentleman friend over and you had to yell ‘Man on floor!’”

Fifty years ago, the building’s bathrooms and showers served an entire floor, while today’s renovated building features restrooms and showers for every five or six rooms.

After visiting her grandson’s room recently, Kenworthy said she thinks that, because of the renovation, it occupies only part of the same area as her room, but there is still “something special” about him being assigned to Room 305.

This year marks the beginning of the third chapter in the life of Erickson. After serving as a residence hall for decades, it was converted in the early 1990s to office and classroom space. One year ago, it began the conversion process back into student housing.

The facility now has a much brighter look to it than it did when it first opened to students in the middle of the 20th century. A large lounge area on the first floor and an open stairway allows sunlight into lower level meeting rooms.

As impressive as Lane found Erickson Hall and other campus facilities, different factors featured in his decision to attend his grandmother’s alma mater.

Lane has regularly traveled to Indiana State every June for Special Olympics Indiana to watch his older brother compete.

“We’ve come to Indiana State ever since I was 8 for the state games and I’ve gotten to know the campus pretty well,” he said.

“I was really pleased that he chose Indiana State,” said Franki, a school speech/pathologist who attended Purdue University. “I felt it was the type of school that would fit him and his personality.”

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