BUS313 Group Proposal Paper - Getting Our Foot In The Dorm...

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Getting Our Foot In The Dorm 1 GETTING OUR FOOT IN THE DORM Taylor Christopher Chad Flores Tessa Gavia Kyle Hubbard Brooks Mattingley Quay Snyder Fermanian School of Business Point Loma Nazarene University April 17, 2013
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Abstract The purpose of this study is intended to determine the effect of open-dorm hours estab- lished in residential halls on campuses of colleges across the nation. Our proposal involves the analysis of how restricted hours deprive underclassmen of developing their interpersonal and communications skills as well as whether the limited hours actually help maintain a quiet atmo- sphere when open-dorm hours are not in session. Throughout the research process, we ar- ranged interviews with Point Loma Nazarene University’s Dean of Students, Jeff Bolster, and residential advisors from other religious affiliated schools to gather their insight. In addition, hours of online research were conducted to further obtain a greater understanding regarding this topic of debate. Background of Study As an incoming freshman to Point Loma Nazarene University or any school for that mat- ter, there is a lot to take in the first couple days of college. For many, this is the first time as young adults that students will be living on their own, away from parents, previous friends, and familiar places. College students are faced with all kinds of decisions to make, and for the first time they have no one to tell them what they should and shouldn’t do. They have no one to tell them what time to be home for dinner or how late they can stay up until. Some new students do well adjusting to the freedom while others struggle to find their niche. These are just some of the first steps the new students are taking towards becoming responsible adult in a functioning soci- ety. Along with coming to college and living on your own comes a discovery process that we all undergo during this crucial time in our young, yet rapidly growing lives. While we are very blessed to all attend PLNU and completely understand what we are getting into, there is still a very valuable freedom that PLNU restricts its students from that is very necessary for the growth of a mature, conscientious, and “real world” ready student. That is reasonable open dorm hours.
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I can’t tell you how many times as a student of PLNU I have heard, “This school feels like a church summer camp!” And the worst part about it is that I couldn’t agree more. From re- quired chapel attendance, to visitor check in at the front door of every dorm, to insanely restric- ted visitation hours of the opposite sex. PLNU is cookie cutter example of what many of us have experience in our local youth group outings or summer camps. Whatever happened to the real college life experience? And what does Point Loma Nazarene University really think it’s protecting us from by enforcing such ridiculous restrictions on its young adults?
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  • Fall '13
  • Hogelucht
  • Business, Dormitory, Church of the Nazarene, Point Loma Nazarene University, Point Loma Nazarene

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