Board approves new dorms where athletes will live.

https://www.roanoke.com/news/education/higher_education/virginia_tech/vi...

BLACKSBURG β€” Virginia Tech's Board of Visitors approved allocating $105.5 million for the Creativity and Innovation District Residence Hall, which will be located where the former University Club sat.

The more than 200,000-square-foot building will feature 596 dorm room beds as well as academic, research and collaboration space, according to the resolution. The project is slated for completion in the summer of 2021.

The resolution said the building will be home to 176 student-athletes as well as students "with an interest in interdisciplinary creation and entrepreneurship."

Long overdue.

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King Alum of the House Hokie, the First of His Name, Khal of the Turkey Legs, The rightful Heir to the Big Board, the Unbanned, Breaker of Trolls and Father of Gritty

That University Club was pretty pointless anyway. Only time I went in there was for some sorority date function.

I just sit on my couch and b*tch. - HokieChemE2016

Please tell me this sorority date function was at 2:30 p.m. on Homecoming Saturday, during the 3rd and 4th quarters of the football game and was thus cause for the NEZ being only half full due to frats and sororities rather than our anemic offense unable to move the ball against whatever average opponent we were playing.

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

homecoming game is definitely a game where it is guaranteed for the greeks show up in full force, because they gotta represent their homecoming candidate. a bunch of them do leave after the announcement though, so even though it's doubtful that they would schedule an event during the homecoming game, who knows?

edited because sheesh are some people defensive about how many frat boys show up to football games

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

homecoming game is the only guaranteed game where the greeks show up

I'd say false, but first I suppose I'll ask you to please send me the statistics that show that students involved in Greek organizations do not show up to other games.

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You seem to be very defensive of this topic. I can only relate to my time in the NEZ way back in the early 2000s and remembering large masses of Greek letters exiting the stands after halftime. It was very real then. Have no idea now. But I don't think there are enough greeks to assign blame for the exodus we have recently seen in the 4Q.

"with all due respect, and remember I’m sayin’ it with all due respect, that idea ain’t worth a velvet painting of a whale and a dolphin gettin’ it on" - Ricky Bobby

You are absolutely correct there are less Greeks because every year there are less fraternities on campus due to the school actively using any and all excuses to kick them off. I just find it to be a very dumb thing to gripe about by pointing fingers at Greek life for exiting the stands for half of the Homecoming game. All of those same Greek people get drunk and yell and cheer and don't sit down in the NEZ for the other games. And when the band was allowed to play it, that whole section rocked to Stick It In.

Everyone enjoys the game a different way, which is completely ok. But if we're placing blame on not having a quality game day experience, there's plenty of fans that show up, only sit and then complain that others stand and don't make any noise at all. They aren't providing anything to the Lane experience. I seem to deal with them every game I attend.

I've asked more than once for a solution to this "problem," and no one has said anything. I'm all ears for making Lane a better game day experience and returning it to the Terror Dome. I even mentioned what UMD is doing. The response I got, was "we're not offering solutions, we're only complaining about it." Well as a fan base, (or this message board) we sure have perfected our nitpicking this season.

Personally, I think the solution to keeping butts in the seats is to win. And if you're not going to win, at least make the game exciting instead of going 0 for 5 on converting first downs in the third quarter. Losing with a more competent offense will make at the very least some folks, no matter what their affiliation, stay and watch more of the game.

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

Maybe read it with an emphasis on "guaranteed". ie, why would Greek organizations schedule something for the middle of the one football game they're all guaranteed to be at.

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

uhhhh...id bet the majority of student season tickets are bought by greek life....

that's a way bigger claim than "you can bet that Greek life turns out big time for homecoming"???????????????????

Edit: it's also probably wrong. VT FSL indicates that there's ~5500 students involved in Greek life on campus, which is probably about 20% of the undergrad population. Even if all of them bought a season ticket, it might not be half when you consider grad students also can buy those tickets.

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

But greek kids tailgate and go to games. It's the geeds you see out there playing tennis, sitting outside D2 reading, or LARPing on the Drillfield on gamedays.

nobody here is saying that frat bros don't go to football games

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

I don't think there's any accuracy to this statement whatsoever.

There's no accuracy that frats and sororities are guaranteed to show out at the homecoming game because they support their candidate? I don't believe that for a minute.

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

Your original statement was along the lines of 'the greek kids leave at halftime because they only care who wins homecoming,' and that literally couldn't be further from the truth.

Clearly neither of us have hardcore data on this, so I can just go by experience as someone in an organization and had the vast majority of their friends affiliated with others, homecoming court isn't nearly as big a deal as you may think. It's a nice and fun aside, but in no way dictates participation and/or has any impact on student section involvement during games.

Your original statement was along the lines of 'the greek kids leave at halftime because they only care who wins homecoming,' and that literally couldn't be further from the truth.

Okay, then..."a bunch of them do leave after the announcement though" isn't accurate at all? come on man.

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

Where is the University Club? I'm not remembering that building at all?

across Kent Street from Vawter Hall

Ah, yes, I remember that now.

I assume they will have another West End location in the building as well? That was one of the benefits of living in Cochrane - I spent way too much money at that place.

I believe when I worked Dining Services the original plan was for West End to be an "Athlete Only" dining hall, but that broke some sort of NCAA rule and they had to open it to the public.

I doubt they add another dining hall with the recent opening of what I think is two pretty recent dining halls.

Bad news is now all our athletes are across the street from CFA and Pizza Hut... there goes fitness....

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prior to West End there was Cochrane Dining Hall.. it was like a mini Detrick or Shultz cafeteria with somewhat better food but less variety. Technically open to any students, but since it was over on the edge of the residential area, it was rare for non-Cochrane (and AJ) residents to eat there. I was in West AJ and could look out my window at Cochran I still went to Detrick most of the time because that was an easy place for friends in different dorms to meet up.

Once West End opened it was on another level compared to the other dining facilities and the location became less of an issue as more dorms and classroom buildings opened to the west of Cochrane.

My first thought is that it is a weird location for the athletes. Why not rip out the tennis courts and put it next to the basketball practice facility? I've also thought that the green space in front of Dietrick was never really utilized (at least it wasn't when I was a student). That wouldn't be a bad space either.

The tennis courts besides Cassell have a "future planned athletic" building going there. You also per NCAA rule have an athlete only dorm so moving it too far from other dorms and those facilities normal students need isn't an option.

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Master plan has a talking point on this.

The existing recreational tennis courts east of the basketball practice facility do not make the best use of this prime site. Instead a new facility related to athletics or recreation with an engaging and welcoming design could serve as a campus gateway. Accordingly, the Master Plan identifies this area as a potential development site until such time as an appropriate program is identified.

The new approach the school is taking is having a bunch of living-learning communities and putting a dorm on that area does not follow that approach. That whole area where the new dorm is going and the eventual new building at the current Squires site will be one large designated community.

If it is nicer than Fsu, Clemson's or UNC's those schools will break ground on their new ones the next day.

There's no stopping the arms race.

Its not about how nice it is, its about actually having a modern residence hall for athletes, which most other schools have and we don't. By just building it, we bring ourselves up to equal footing, and then they get to see our dining options.

King Alum of the House Hokie, the First of His Name, Khal of the Turkey Legs, The rightful Heir to the Big Board, the Unbanned, Breaker of Trolls and Father of Gritty

Correct.

It's just facing reality.

I've been in Harper Hall. It's nice, very modern very clean suite style living. It was built way back in 1999!. It's a very nice residence hall. It's not tents and outdoor beds. And only freshman football players live on campus anyway. My point is that what we have now for athletes is not some dump as being portrayed, and yes when this new hall is built, it will be outdated in about 5 mins.

Saw this building under construction yesterday while at new student orientation. They are working on the two elevator towers right now.