Daniel F. Chambliss writes that the best living spaces for new students have crowded hallways, no singles, and group bathrooms -- in other words, everything too many colleges are trying to replace.
Can we have a friendly discussion about suite-style vs. traditional dorms?
I've got a kid who was assigned to one of the old relics at his big state flagship because he didn't deposit early enough to get to choose his dorm. He's on a wait-list for honors housing (most of which is suite-style), but I'm wondering if we should just leave it alone? Aside from being cheaper, he won't be responsible for cleaning a bathroom and won't have room to hoard a lot of junk I have to worry about moving out later. OTOH, he would love to have his own sleeping quarters (something he hasn't had since he was six and his brother moved into his room) and more spacious accommodations.
Pros and cons of either/both?