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University of Tampa students move into new dorm

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More than 500 students are settling into their new semester at the University of Tampa's hottest new address.

"I feel like I'm living in like a 5-star hotel or something," said UT Junior Ryan Harvey.  "It's very nice."

West Kennedy Hall opened its doors for students to move in Friday.  Artwork lines the walls and instead of standard dorm rooms, students live in suites.  Each unit has four beds and two bathrooms.  The 11th floor is reserved for social groups and gatherings. 

The 528-bed co-ed residence hall is the latest addition at the campus, which has had a continual climb in enrollment for nearly two decades.

"Campus is constantly growing and changing so everyone wants to get back and see all the changes we did this summer," explained UT's Associate Dean of Students for Resident Life Krystal Schofield.

West Kennedy Hall is the 25th new or substantially redesigned building on campus in the past 15 years.  A major makeover is underway at UT's Aquatic Center.  The Martinez Complex recently went through a large renovation and this is the first full year for the new lacrosse field.

"I think each year it's going to keep getting better and better and I'm looking forward to it," said UT sophomore Liz Merkel.

An overflow of undergrads in need of student housing have had to live at the nearby Howard Johnson Hotel.  Schofield said even with all the new beds at West Kennedy Hall, more than 300 students will still check into the hotel for the semester.

    

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