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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Residential Life Newsletter 11-22-11

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November 22, 2011


Thanksgiving Break Housing

The halls will be locked for the break at 7:00 p.m.  Wednesday, November 23 and will reopen at noon Sunday, November 27.



Before you leave for Thanksgiving Break, be sure to:

1. CLOSE and LOCK you windows.
2. Remove all room trash.
3. Turn off the alarm on your clock.
4. Close blinds if on the first floor.
5. Turn off and un-plug your computer and peripherals.
6. Turn off the lights.
7. CLOSE and LOCK your room door.

Be sure to carefully read the Break Housing and Holiday Decorating flier you received in your mailbox.  The flier includes important dates, deadlines and guidelines for Thanksgiving Break and the upcoming holiday season. A staff member will be checking your room on Wednesday to help secure the building.


Holiday Decorating Guidelines

Decorations - A limited number of decorations may be placed on student room doors and in community lounges. Decorations must be made of materials that are fire-retardant or flame-proof. Decorations may cover up to 20 percent of the exterior surface of a student’s room door. Candles or devices with an open flame are a fire hazard and may not be used. Please note that decorations are limited to student room doors and community lounges so that the safety of residents, and their ability to respond to an emergency situation, is not compromised.

Lights - Holiday lights, including rope lights, may be displayed in student rooms and community lounges. The lights must carry the Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) label. Holiday lights may not be placed on any surface that has the capacity to carry an electrical current. Metal door and window frames, as well as metal bed springs and lofts have the capacity to carry an electrical current. Hence, holiday lights are not to be placed on any of these items. Holiday and rope lights should be plugged into a power strip that is in good working condition, has a three-wire plug (is grounded), and carries the Underwriter’s Laboratory label. Holiday lights should be unplugged whenever a room is unoccupied.

Trees - Artificial holiday trees may be placed in student rooms and community lounges. The trees, and their decorations, need to be made of fire-retardant materials. Holiday lights placed on trees need to carry the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) label. Live holiday trees and holiday greens are a fire hazard and may not be used as decoration in the residence halls.

Menorahs - Electric menorahs may be placed in student rooms and community lounges.  Menorahs with candles are a fire hazard and may not be used.

All artificial trees, holiday lights, and decorations must be removed from public areas prior to the beginning of Winter Break.

If you have any questions or concerns about these guidelines, please contact the Department of Residential Life at 389-1011.


Meal Plan Conversion Deadline: November 30

Maverick 160 meal plan holders can convert any of the 160 meals a semester into Flex Dollars at a rate of $5.10 per meal, twice a semester.  The deadline for fall semester conversions is November 30.   Request to Convert Meals to Flex Dollars



Winter Welcome Week

Xbox 360 and Pizza Party Winners

Congratulations to Regan Kelly, winner of the Xbox 360 with Kinect sensor from the Department of Residential Life!  Regan's name was randomly selected from all of those who completed the recent EBI survey.

And congratulations also to the floors that won $100 pizza parties from the Department of Residential Life for having the highest completion rate of both the EBI survey and the CA feedback form.  The winning floors are: Crawford B2, McElroy E2, Gage B12 and Julia A. Sears South Purple 3.

Graduating or Leaving Campus?

If you plan to leave the University for any reason, including graduation, you must complete and turn in a Contract Release form to the Residential Life Office no later than 4:30 p.m. Monday, November 28.  After this day, approved Contract Release requests are subject to an additional $20 administrative charge.  See page 32 of you Residence Hall Student Guide or online at for more information about contract releases and situations under which releases are granted.

Graduating or Have a Final on Saturday?

If you are participating in graduation events or have a saturday final, please contact your Area Director by Tuesday, December 6 to stay in your room until 5:00 p.m. saturday, December 10.

Changing Rooms for Spring Semester

If you would like to move to a different room for spring semester, submit your request to the front desk of your community by noon Friday, December 2. Please note that options are limited.  If you are changing rooms for spring semester, you must move to your spring room before Winter Break begins.  Room change opportunities resume Monday, January 23.

Getting a New Roommate

If you are currently living alone in a room for two residents (or there is a vacant space in your triple room), or if your current roommate is not returning for Spring Semester, you will be assigned a new roommate.  So, before you leave for break, make sure that a bed, a desk, a desk chair, and closet space are avilable for your new roommate and that your room is clean.  Failure to do so may resut in a minimum cleaning charge of $30.00 and a conduct hearing.  The Department of Residential Life will notify you by e-mail over the break when you are assigned a roomate.

Staying on Campus During Winter Break

Register in the Residential Life Office between Monday, November 7 and Friday, December 2 to be eligible for the early sign-up rate of $280.  Those who register after December 2 pay $305. All current residents who will also live on campus spring semester may stay during the break.  Payment must be made in full at the time of registration either by check, cash or credit card.  Students may also request to have the charge added to their MSU account.  If you are changing rooms for spring semester, you must move to your spring room before the break begins.  The halls close for Winter Break at 7:00 p.m. Friday, December 9.  The halls reopen for returning students at 8:00 a.m. Friday, January 6.

Leaving Your Car On Campus Over Winter Break

Only resident who are registered to stay in the halls over Winter Break may keep their cars in on-campus parking lots.  If you are going home over break you must take your car with you or find other parking arrangements.  Unregistered cars may be subject to towing.

Suite Residents: Be Prepared for Winter Bathroom Inspections

Residents with in-room bathrooms can avoid potential cleaning charges by having bathrooms ready for Winter Break inspections. Bathrooms that do not meet the inspection guidelines will be cleaned by University staff, and roommates will be held jointly responsible for cleaning charges. Watch your mailbox and our website on Monday for cleaning tips to help you. Inspections are scheduled for Monday, December 12 for Julia Sears 4th floor, Crawford, Gage, and McElroy; Tuesday, December 13 for Julia Sears 3rd floor; Wednesday, December 14 for Julia Sears 2nd floor, and Thursday, December 15 for Julia Sears 1st floor.

Need to Change Your Meal Plan?

You can change your meal plan for Spring Semester to the Anytime, 160 or 14 meal plan.  Please come to the Residential Life Office early to fill out a Meal Plan Change Form.

Questions? Comments? Let Us Know!



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