Stanton and Crandall: Gone for Good?

If you live on campus, you might have heard a rumor that Stanton and Crandall are to be demolished in the nearby future. The news may bring a variety of feelings, depending on the person. The two first-year residence halls, named after women’s rights activists Prudence Crandall and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, were constructed in 1968 as temporary housing,  yet they are still standing almost fifty years later.  Though the facilities in these buildings may not be as recent as the ones in Rauenhorst, for example, many students feel a connection to these Residence halls, especially Crandall hall. Crandall is the Global Perspectives dorm, where approximately 50 first years live together and learn about various cultures around the world. This year, Crandall has two scholars in residence who live in the building and educate the students about their culture. The dorm also plans events such as Mardi Gras and Chinese New Year.

A view of Crandall Hall.

To see what students knew and thought about this rumor, I sat down with Murphy Hullett-Nelson ‘20, Psychology.  and asked them a few questions. Hullet-Nelson is a current first year who lives in Crandall. They surprisingly have yet to hear this rumor, but adds “I wouldn’t be heartbroken if it [Crandall] was demolished, if it were to be upgraded to something a bit more modern”. Originally from Eden Prairie, Hullet-Nelson would much rather live on-campus than commute to Saint Kate’s every morning. This is an issue many undergraduate students from the Twin Cities grapple with their guardians: live at home or on-campus ?

Some are against the idea of the buildings’ destruction because of the fond memories and friendships formed here, and Hullet-Nelson agrees with this. While they think the dorms might be a bit small, they appreciate the small, tight-knit community that they have. Many of their friends live in this dorm, and they state that Crandall and Stanton have more of a dorm togetherness than Saint Mary’s, where the community seems to be split up by floor level.

Crandall’s lounge, where students can do their homework or watch TV.

Crandall’s community kitchen.

Their only major complaint is the squirrel issue. In the Fall 2016 semester, they had a squirrel chew through the window screen and eat some food that was left on the floor. The window still bears the hole that this ravenous squirrel left. As a first year living in Crandall  last year, I remember multiple people who had squirrels take some of their food. Whether or not this is a Crandall and Stanton specific issue, one thing is to be said: keep your windows locked and your food stored safely.

To get an Administration’s say on the issue, I did some investigating. Heidi Anderson-Isaacson told me that “  It was on the master space plan for them to eventually come down and we have discussed this a lot, but we are not moving forward on anything at the moment.  There are a lot of priorities at the University and constructing a new building to replace Stanton and Crandall is not in the near future.  Until that has been done, we cannot tear them down”  I was unable to catch a full interview with her, but she gave us the information needed. Crandall and Stanton are here to stay, at least for now, and the students currently living do not have to worry about being relocated in the nearby future.

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