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Murphy Residence Hall Allows At-Home Freedoms

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Gilmour Academy's Murphy Residence Hall sits on 144 acres and can accommodate up to 70 students.

Gilmour Academy offers an on-campus opportunity to students who don’t live in the area. The Murphy Residence Hall currently holds 56 students and seven residence hall staff members. There are two sides of the dorm, the boys and girls, and every floor has a designated proctor. While resident students live in the dorm, there are some freedoms allowed. Students are allowed to sign out with other students who live in the area and spend some time off campus.

Now the signing in and out process is run through the new system Boardingware. Boardingware was put in at the beginning of this school year. The goal is to make it easier for the proctors to know where the students are. There are a total of four Ipads in the dorm for this, two near the front entrance and two near the back entrance. These Ipads are for the students to click on their names and digitally indicate where they are going and who they will be with.

Hall residents also allowed to have cars on campus. They are able to drive themselves off campus and travel with friend when their own parents grant permission. Eric Malcarney (`17), a three year resident student, shared what his experience has been like living in the residence hall. “I’ve had a great experience living in the dorms. I’ve met many new people from all over the world, and they have become some of my closest friends. Living in the dorms, you get a lot more freedom than you think.” He then continued by saying “The dorms have been there to help me tremendously, whether it was making sure I had a ride to the airport, to giving me medicine late at night when I wasn’t feeling well.”

One unique part of the living in the dorms, is that every Sunday night at 7:30 p.m., the dorm gathers together as a community for dorm prayer. Ms. Rebecca Reidy, Dean of Residential Life, stresses how important this time together as a community is. “ One reason is because we want to make sure we are living out the Holy Cross Mission and make sure the mission is being shared. This is also a great time for community building. Yes, everyone lives together but there are not many times when we have all of the residents together in one room.”

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Kyle Warren comes to Gilmour as a post-grad from Hatfield, Massachusetts. After attending one of the most prestigious hockey academies in the country, Kyle decided it was time to take his talents to the Gilmour Academy Prep hockey team in search of playing NCAA hockey. Not only is Kyle a threat on the ice, he’s also proven himself to be one of Gilmour’s top academic weapons, because he is in his 5th year of high school. Kyle has always been a student who appreciates writing and especially non-fiction writing, which is why he is such a great asset to the the Lance this spring semester. He takes both his academic and athletic careers very seriously as he wishes to attend a top college in the northeast to eventually become an athletic advisor or a hockey coach. His leadership abilities are what separate him from his peers as he was elected student body president for his senior year at his previous school, South Kent. Kyle is eager to get out and publish his stories for the rest of the world to see, so expect great things to come from the mind of Kyle Warren.