Integration of Studies and Lifestyles

Naturally, with the integration of this new type of college into the university, some space would have to be allotted to living areas for students. This proved a problem that was difficult – but not impossible – to overcome, as the university was already somewhat lacking in dorm space. The solution was to use some already-present dormitory space for new purposes. In 1969, 231 spaces were chosen to be set aside for the use of the Centennial College in Love hall and Heppner hall (one space is roughly equivalent to one student’s necessary living accommodations).

Of these spaces, 2 were used to board housemothers, 12 spaces were used to board 6 student assistants (at the use of 2 spaces per student assistant, meaning each was given their own full room), and an extra 2 double dorm rooms and 2 single dorms were made by partitioning an old sun parlor in Heppner hall. This left 57 extra spaces that could be used as classrooms, galleries, and activity rooms by the students in the Centennial College.

With this innovative use of space, the participants in the Centennial College were able to seamlessly integrate their work on schoolwork and living, further demonstrating the ingenious learning strategies of the college. Students were given more freedom to work, relax, and live on a day-to-day basis within their college setting, minimizing difference between school and home, and allowing them to learn around their own schedules.