What you can expect
By: Madeline Paakkonen ’21
Carthage is a residential college — 70 percent of Carthage students live on campus. Living in the College’s residence halls will give you some of your best college memories. From the excitement of move-in day, to the tearful goodbyes on the last day of school, residential students are engaged in campus life 24/7. Here are six aspects of residential life at Carthage that students can expect:
1. Bonding with your roommates
First things first: It is completely OK if you are not best friends with your roommate. That said, you may end up being best friends with your roommate. Plenty of Carthage students are. The nature of your relationship is up to you. The most important thing is communication. Your first week on campus, you and your roommate will complete a roommate agreement together detailing your boundaries and ground rules. If any conflict arises, you can refer back to that agreement. If you are an incoming Carthage student, contact your roommate during the summer to get to know them.
“My favorite memories are with my roommate, Paige Petty,” says Kitara Harsh ’20, from Montello, Illinois. “Our friendship started when we both pledged for our sorority over a year ago. When she became my roommate this year, I think our friendship became very special to me. There’s really never a dull moment with us. We do pretty much everything together and we have so many inside jokes, and that’s something we both value.”
2. Resident Assistants
RA’s, or Resident Assistants, are trained peer leaders who are in charge of supervising their assigned wing of a residence hall. Many Carthage students work for the Office of Residence Life as Resident Assistants to gain leadership skills and other benefits. RA’s are always around to help students with a range of problems. They also hold events for the students living on their floor and host meetings throughout the year.
“This is my second year working in residence life. Last year I was a Resident Assistant in the Oaks, building 3, and this year I am the Senior Resident Assistant for Oaks, buildings 1-3,” says Dubuque, Iowa, native Jo Dienst ’19. “Residence life has been a really great way for me to get to know people, as well as develop as a leader. I get to help build off of the great community on campus that drew me here in the first place.”
3. The Residence Halls
There are eight residence halls on campus: Madrigrano Family Residence Hall, Denhart Hall, Tarble Hall, Johnson Hall, and Swenson Hall are more traditional. Tarble is an all-female hall that houses three sororities and two study-intensive wings. Swenson Hall houses around 30 all-male residents; half of the rooms include a private bathroom. The Oaks Village offers shared suite-style rooms that include private bathrooms. The new Tower Residence Hall is arranged in a similar setup, but with four students occupying two rooms connected by a shared bathroom. The Campus Apartments, located on the north side of Carthage across from the Smeds Tennis Center, give upperclass students a chance to experience apartment living before graduation.
Many of the halls are home to Carthage departments and offices as well, like the Office of Communications, Carthage Security, and the student newspaper, The Current. Residence halls also host a variety of events throughout the school year. Some of the most popular events include an annual haunted house in the halls of Johnson around Halloween, Breast Cancer Awareness Week in Tarble, and cultural celebrations throughout the year.
4. What to Bring
Your room can serve as a quiet, comfortable place to relax after a busy day, hang out with friends, or study for exams. It is important to have a good environment that you enjoy coming back to every day. A major step in figuring out what items to bring is contacting your roommate in advance. Only one fridge and one microwave are allowed in each room, so plan accordingly. Before you pack your bags and load your car, make sure to take a look at Carthage’s list of provided, suggested, and prohibited items
5. Security and Safety
Student security and safety is of utmost importance at Carthage. The Office of Public Safety operates at all times, 24/7/365, and the office is located in the lower level of Johnson Residence Hall. Public Safety provides shuttle service to Carthage parking lots, event support and security, parking and traffic control, and building security. In addition to the Carthage public safety team, Hall Directors, Assistant Hall Directors, and Resident Assistants are available to aid students with minor, or major issues inside their buildings.
To contact the Office of Public Safety, call 262-551-5911
6. Greek Life
More than 20 percent of Carthage students are involved in Greek life. Greek organizations are a great way to meet friends, participate in community and volunteer work, and earn leadership experience. There are 14 local and nationally affiliated sororities and fraternities for students to choose between. Greek life organizations recruit new members every fall and spring, although freshmen are not allowed to pledge until their second semester at Carthage. Members of each sorority or fraternity are housed together in their corresponding wing and floor of almost every residential hall.
When asked about her favorite Carthage memory, communications major Danielle Richards ’19 says it was “joining Alpha Chi Omega and instantly having so many friends and such a strong support system.”
Greek organizations offer valuable leadership positions for students to hold, as physics major Max Becher ’19 has experienced.
“I am part of the executive board of Delta Upsilon, the only non-secret social fraternity on campus,” Max says. “DU has become a rich part of my college career.”