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constitute less than the optimum answer to the study problem.

The telephone is a most important toot to the student, Its use is restricted only by the university's ability to provide an individual instrument and Ihe student's ability to pay the toll The tele phone is finding increased use — both as a study and a social aid

The tremendous and continuing advances of the electronics industry are only beginning to be noted in the educational sector. Although the student of today is required to attend uni* lateral communication lectures in large halls, the student of tomorrow may view the lecture on TV in his room, coming out tor seminars or laboratory sessions. Future student housing must accommodate this.

The students of all campuses could simultaneously be able to receive the lecture of one outstanding professor or professional team, Much of this communication will be at the discretion of the student, It is but one indication of the growing importance of the student room as a study aid. Only the provision of conduit access is needed to expand the horizons of the student room beyond imagination.

2. Sloop. The student's pattern of activity is rarely consistent; he may sleep at any lime of the day or night- Two occupants of a room very rarely follow the same schedule. Exams and social activities modify their patterns even more extensively. It is the varying patterns that present conflicts in multiple-occupancy rooms. Interesting improvisations hanging blankets, relocated wardrobes and beds, and stacked dressers were observed in situations where one student wished to study while the other slept Perhaps beds with suitable acoustical light-separation screens could be one answer; single-occupancy rooms would be better,

Present provisions for sleepmg range from the studio bed in single rooms to bunkable beds in multi-occupancy rooms Beds acquired a decade ago are increasingly limiting to the succeeding generations of taller students. Reading is more often done in the comparatively relaxed attitude of the bed or cosy chair. However, the bed is seldom designed to pro vide the slight slope for proper sitting, some adjustment therefore is necessary. Beds could be made to resemble couches and have a mechanism allowing a shift from sloping for sitting to level for sleeping position.

3. Socialising. The student s room has always attracted social discourse. With more liberal rules, the student's room becomes more of a social center for both sexes- The student room, however, with its split emphasis of study-sleep, presents difficulties as a social environment. The bed is the chief offender, The bed as a bed conjures all sorts of social problems in intervisitation. A bed with cushions or pillows tossed about is not acceptable because of the difficulty of sitting upright comfortably. Its conversion to a sofa, with its contributions as a living room furnishing, is most desirable-not to mention its more comfortable use for multiple seating.

Clothes and storage of personal possessions are also a bedroom symbol. Closets look like closets; dressers look like dressers- Contemporary furniture designers, however, have provided storage units for studio-apartment |which are| quite acceptable as living room pieces. Such pieces have yet to make their appearance in student rooms. It should be possible lo have either intimate conversations or sessions with a number of additional individuals within one's own private room. The bed, hard and soft chairs, and oven a desk top may be brought into use as sitting surfaces to accommodate a congenial group, The space should be such that furniture can be quickly arranged to make group conversation easy.

4, Dressing. The concentration of clothes storage in the student room not only precludes its use as a social environment but also restricts its use for dressing, One study discloses that the normal 4-ft closet and five-drawer dresser jusl satisfies the mate student, and it provides only half the female student s storage requirements. Both sexes require differing volumes and types of storage. Smaller combination-storage units might well accommodate student preference and allow flexibility of room arrangement

Typos of Spaces

1, Single rooms. The single room provides controlled privacy for its occupant with respect to all other students- It may open directly to a corridor and thus provide complete privacy coming and going, or it may be part of a suite or apartment. Privacy for sleeping can be controlled if adequate acoustic separation between adjacent spaces is provided.

The single room should be arranged suitably so that it is possible to sludy effectively with an invited second person In addition, the student should be able to play the radio, phonograph, tape recorder, or quiet instruments and to indulge in reasonable recreational activity without creating an acoustical problem for his neighbors.

One authority believes the single room is "unlikely to be really humanely satisfactory if it is less than 120 square feet. The furniture should be movable, not fixed, to allow the student to organize his own environment."

2. Split double rooms- The split double room provides the social contact obtained by two students sharing a common space but, at the same time, recognizes and solves the problem of conflict of interest in the student's social and study activities. The split double room consists ol two spaces with e connecting opening. When connected with a door, there is a degree of acoustic privacy. Without a door, the ar-

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