With a snip of the sheers Friday, Texas Tech's $24 million Grover E. Murray hall is open to the public.
Murray Hall is designed to provide private suite style living to keep upperclassmen on campus. Tech Housing and Residence Life Director Sean Duggan says, "We know students who live on campus have higher GPA's and are more likely to graduate on time.
"The goal of Texas Tech is to become better and better and that's in our academic programs, but spun off that is the need for a real meaningful student life outside of the classroom," says Tech President Jon Whitmore.
Murray Hall has a Sam's Place Mini Market downstairs, laundry and study facilities on each floor and each room has high speed internet and it's designed to be quiet. Murray Resident Robert Biddy explains, "That's the whole goal of the building, to provide an environment conducive to learning." Angela Forney, Residence Life Coordinator says, "The rooms are wonderful because they encourage that community environment."
The hall is named for Grover E. Murray, president of Texas Tech from 1966 to 1976. "His ten years here were at a very critical time in terms of Texas Tech's history" says current president Whitmore.
The late Murray transformed Texas Tech from a small regional school to into one of international stature... and students were always his priority. "He cared a lot about students and that's why we thought naming the new residence hall after him would be particularly appropriate," Whitmore adds.
Students were chosen on a first come first serve basis to live in Murray Hall. It costs students $5,300 a year.