David C. Johnson Independence Hall houses 225 students on 4 floors. Each floor has three wings, and are co-ed either by alternating rooms or wings. Each wing has its own lounge fronted by a balcony, and kitchen area. Indy also has a large main lounge area with a plasma TV, ping pong, and pool tables.
There is a Community Adviser (CA) in each wing, a returning Morris student, as well as a full-time Area Coordinator who supervises the CA staff. Office of Residential Life staff members are also available to plan activities, answer any questions, and help ease the transition into residential life.
Independence Hall is home to the “Civic Engagement” and “Sustainability” themed floors. Theme housing allows students with common interests to live together and support each other through planned activities and community building. Additionally, there is a special housing option for an all female floor. If you are interested in living in any of these communities, please check the appropriate box on your housing contract. Assignment to these spaces will be filled on a first come first served basis.
The small lounges on each floor provide an intimate gathering spot for floormates.
The lobby is designed for recreation and socializing. Ping pong, pool, and TV provide recreation opportunities, while the comfy furniture invites you to sit a while and enjoy the artwork hanging throughout the lobby.
The kitchens on the A and C wings have a refrigerator and sink. On the B wings, there is also a stove for the hall students to use. There are four handicapped accessible rooms on the first floor of the south unit.
Each bedroom will be furnished with two beds, two desks and chairs, and two large closets. There are two large dressers and two small dressers in each bedroom. You must provide your own linen (mattresses measure 36x 80” requiring extra-long sheets), blankets, pillows, and towels.Please consult with your roommate prior to making plans for bunks, carpets, TV, refrigerator, etc. Pets are not permitted, except aquarium fish.
The laundry room contains six washers and six dryers. Campus laundry rooms use water saving and energy saving high efficiency washers. Please follow all directions—including use of HE detergent.
David C. Johnson Independence Hall Facts
David C. Johnson Independence Hall it is configured into three four-story units or “pavilions” that are set at right angles to one another. The pavilions share joint stairwell towers that both separate the pavilions at each floor level and allow interconnection between them. Each floor of each pavilion is divided into five or seven double rooms, separated by a central lounge.