New room change form helps students escape bad roommates

JEFF BROWN/Herald Freshmen Sienna Moore from Frankfort, left, and freshmen Victoria Tinkle from Eastland, Tx are roommates in Gilbert hall that watch tv and talk about boys. Moore and Tinkle meet at Master Plan. “I wouldn’t trade her for anyone,” said Moore as she talks about her new roommate.

Kayla Swanson

Students stuck in a dorm room with a person they dislike now have an easier way out.

Brian Kuster, director of Housing and Residence Life, said the form needed to request a room change is now online.

“It’s just so much easier to go online and fill a form out and send it electronically,” he said.

Kuster said the new form will be more convenient for students and will let them receive their approval faster, via email.

The random roommate Louisville sophomore Chase Thomas had as a freshman wasn’t a good fit.

“Basically, our interests were conflicting a lot,” he said. “He was rude with friends around, but for some reason when it was just me and him, he wanted to be really cool. It was not a good situation.”

Thomas said he had the opportunity to room with one of his Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji) fraternity brothers during the spring semester, but it didn’t work out.

“It would have been nice to switch out and get another roommate, but at the same time, it was just something I felt like I could possibly deal with,” he said.

He stuck it out with his roommate for the rest of the year. He said he gets along better with his new roommate, Mount Washington sophomore Ryne McMullen.

Thomas said McMullen, a member of his fraternity, is a funny guy and has similar interests.

“We didn’t know how it was going to work out, but all I knew was that it was probably going to be better than my previous roommate,” Thomas said.

Thomas said he enjoys staying in his room now and feels more comfortable with his new roommate so far.

“We don’t have problems when we’re in the room together,” he said. “It’s just a lot, a lot better than last year.”

Even though roommate pairs don’t always work out, Kuster said they try to look at similarities when pairing roommates.

“There’s a list of questions we ask about; ‘When you study?’ ‘Are you an early riser?’ ‘Do you go to bed late?’ Music preferences, those kinds of things,” Kuster said. “We work to try to match people that are similar that way.”

Even when students think they’re compatible, things don’t always work.

Frankfort freshman Sienna Moore said she and her first roommate were best friends when they decided to come to WKU. They had a falling-out right before moving in together.

“I did not like my roommate at all,” she said. “We always had problems.”

One of the problems Moore had with her roommate was that she made it difficult for her to sleep in the room.

“I never got sleep because she talked in her sleep and whined all night,” Moore said.

Moore now rooms with freshman Victoria Tinkle, of Eastland, Texas, whom she said she became close with when they met at school.

“As far as the rules and stuff in the room, we agreed on just about everything, so it was kind of like it was perfect,” Moore said.

Moore said Tinkle didn’t have a roommate, so the decision to room with Moore was easy.

“She’s a sweetheart,” Moore said. “She doesn’t give me any reason to argue with her.”

Room changes began on Sept. 10 and will continue until students choose housing for the 2013-2014 school year.