I lived in Engleman Hall for four years and was the interhall council rep for three. It's a beautiful, ivy covered building nestled into a hill, which makes it easy to miss altogether. When I was KIC (Kent Interhall Council) rep I often found myself telling third and fourth year students where it was. This is a W shaped, all girls dorm with a kitchen (containing a stove and a microwave) on each floor, a bathroom (toilets, showers and one bath tub I never saw anyone use) on each wing and a laundry room in the basement. Most of the rooms are singles and the best part of all, all the rooms had sinks. Yes, our very own sinks for washing dishes, hair, whatever. In addition to the lovely in-room sink all the campus heating ducts run under Engleman so it is warm year round. Not so great in the summer, but when it's January and you think 'I'll just open my window for a bit of fresh air,' and you don't freeze. Heavenly.
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Most of the women of Engleman are education majors (because White Hall is right across the street) or fashion majors (because it's the only dorm anywhere near the fashion building.) But this is a great place for anyone who isn't quite sure they want to walk out of the shower at two in the morning and find a man in the hall. Engleman is also the oldest active dorm on campus, so it's a nice place for nostalgics what with the ivy and the fish pond in the courtyard. All the other dorms have that kind of tacky, built in the sixties look to them. Plus, they don't have sinks.
Engleman's major draw back was it's distance to the cafeteria. Engleman's nearest dining hall is Prentice and to reach Prentice you must walk a rather long path and up several short flights of stairs. This doesn't sound so bad in the fall and spring (especially the spring because the path you have to walk is called Lilac Way for a reason,) but come January when the winter wind whips off the Commons… It's also not handicapped accessible. You can't even get to the building with out using stairs.
Don't live in the hall if you don't like stairs, don't want to be far from the center of campus, or don't want to be a little quiet (the walls are like paper.) However, my friends and I did sort of take over our wing while we lived there and could be found sitting in the hall chatting most afternoons and weekends.
I still think Engleman is the best hall in campus. I had friends in most of the others, my brother lived in Stoffer and way out in Small Group, and my sister lived in Terrace when she did graduate work. But I was the KIC rep for Engleman for three years.