New Worth Hills residence hall has familiar name


Few are unfamiliar with Clark Hall, the first-year student residence hall whose residents are fondly known as "Clark Sharks." 

But what about the other Clark Hall? One of the newly constructed Worth Hills residence halls, both of which opened in time for the current school year, received a name that was already in use on campus.

Sophomore journalism major Callie Meinhardt said it is a little confusing that there are now two Clark Halls at the university, and that she did not understand why the new hall was given the same name.

The older Clark Hall is named after the university's founders, Addison and Randolph Clark.

The new Clark building, on the other hand, was named after a couple who donated to the university,Director of Housing & Residence Life Craig Allen said.

“Pamela and Edward Clark – different Clarks – made a very generous and gracious donation to the university, and so this building will be Pamela and Edward Clark Hall,” Allen said.

Differentiating between the two halls has created some problems around campus.

Junior finance major Jordan Gaglione, a resident assistant in P.E. Clark Hall, had trouble explaining which dorm he lived in when he visited the Brown-Lupton Health Center.

“I went to the Health Center and told them I was in P.E. Clark and they just wrote Clark down,” Gaglione said.

When asked, there was no consensus among students regarding the terminology used to differentiate between the two dorms.

“I usually call it 'New Hall 1',” Meinhardt said.

First-year psychology and political science double major Nick Jones said he calls the two halls "'Old Clark' and 'New Clark'."

"I try to say there's a 'Greek Housing Clark' and a 'Freshman Clark' that's more close to the center of campus," sophomore political science major Parker Embry said.

Allen said he believes that just as the Brown-Lupton University Union became the 'BLUU', students will come up with a nickname for one or both of the halls, and use that to distinguish between the two halls. 

"I suspect that what [students] come up with will catch on," Allen said.