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Tulane Honors Program

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Butler House - Honors Housing

[Some of my comments over the next few weeks about general topics such as housing will be for prospective students as well as intended to elicit comment from current students.]

One option available to incoming Honors freshmen is the Honors dorm: Butler Hall. This dorm houses ~256 students on 7 residential floors. The main lounge is the site of most of our round table discussions and includes a new (soon to be delivered!) pool table and ping pong table. The dorm has recently been pressured washed on the outside and the interior is gradually being all repainted. Other renovations are scheduled as well.

Why an Honors dorm? Butler forms a fairly unique community of diverse yet like-minded students; like-minded in that they all recognize the importance of learning. This does not distract from their creativity and fun. At least, that has been my experience in the last two years. There are set quiet hours and perhaps a greater sense of respect for each other in Butler.

Butler may not be for everyone, in fact it cannot be. We admit far more H students than Butler can house. This brings me to the most important point for prospective students: If you want to live in Butler you must request it and it is on a "first come, first serve basis."

All that being said, for current and past Butler-ites: Please tell me (and others who might read this), what were the best and worst things about Butler? If you could improve two things, what would they be?

And don't forget! You can get your Chez Butler t-shirt here.

Thanks for reading and please do comment!

4 Comments:

  • Biggest Butler irritant: kitchens.

    The kitchens are ancient things, with tiny sinks (right next to) Easy-Bake ovens, and too much storage space. They need to be gutted and renovated to feature full-size ranges, larger sinks set away from the ranges. Since there are no windows, better lighting is a must. Counter-space can be expanded by turning the counter space into a L-shaped pattern. Finally, each kitchen must have a large, modern and functioning microwave. The exorbitant cabinet space is rarely used and would be better served as shallow open shelves to maximise useful space while cooking.

    Otherwise, any prospectives who are reading this, Butler is great. You will love it.

    By Blogger Evan, at 8:16 AM  

  • Butler people generally share a bond, and most of the people that live there definitely are quirky. They are creative in their mischief-making, because it is inevitable that all freshmen will have a certain degree of mischief involved in their living communities. You might as well make it creative mischief. I liked all of the counter space in Butler...having that long desk across the wall is sorely missed! The bathroms were okay, and I'd say the BEST thing was the WATER PRESSURE. AHhhhhh it was wonderful.

    The worst things of course involved the central air conditioning, because I hate not having control of my temperature. And the 3am fire alarms. Those were fun, and by fun I mean unfun.

    Shylie-Butler survivor 02-03

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:00 PM  

  • I enjoyed Butler sometimes and not others. For instance, when I needed to study for an exam, the lounge was always quiet and clean. But the social aspects were lacking and, as a girl, I would much rather have lived in JL, simply because the rooms are bigger and nicer and I feel as if the girls bond a lot more. I still have a soft spot in my heart for Butler, but even honors kids want to have a little more fun than that.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:23 AM  

  • The comments above are from last year, but are still fair. I only wanted to add that we are working hard to be able to renovate the kitchens and lounges in Butler House this summer!

    By Blogger Cb, at 9:47 AM  

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