As the fall semester drew to a close, the Walsh community girls gathered for a meeting with the Walsh Hall renovation team to discuss the changes to the building. According to Liz Detwiler, the Walsh Hall rector, the building will have a number of updated features including expanded rooms and new common areas.“For the new renovations, I know that all of the piping and plumbing in the building is going to be new,” Detwiler said. “Some of the rooms are going to be resized to be more appropriate to the amount of people in them. … We’re going to have lounges on every floor with full kitchens.”The dorm will have a new elevator and the private restrooms connected to individual dorms will be replaced with public restrooms. The renovated residence hall will also include new apartments.“We’ll be getting a new apartment space for in-residence priests, or faculty members and probably most importantly, it’s going to be accessible for people of all physical abilities now,” Detwiler added.Walsh Hall president Aly Sonnen said before the meeting, the Walsh community girls did not know much about the renovations.“We had a ton of questions,” Sonnen said. “Until the presentation, we really did not know much about what was going on. You can’t see that much from outside the building.“There were a lot of questions just about what it’s going to look like and what our lives next year are going to look like as a result of the renovation. They answered them all really well, though.”Freshman Sammie Escamilla said she thinks Pangborn Hall is a nice building, though she has not lived in Walsh Hall yet.“I was never in Walsh, so I know nothing different,” Escamilla said. “To me … [Pangborn is] nice. Other people say it’s not so nice. When you tell people you live in Pangborn, they kind of give you the ‘Oh, I’m sorry face’ but I mean, I think it’s a nice building. The rooms aren’t too small. We have no headroom but other than that, it’s not too bad.”In Walsh Hall, each floor consisted of one long hallway and there weren’t any sections. Junior Shea Kelly-Buckley said she first noticed Pangborn’s hallways when moving into the dorm, as they were very distinct from Walsh’s.“It was different,” Kelly-Buckley said. “It felt a little bit smaller. There were sections, which was new. Just having corners was something kind of different. But my room in Pangborn is actually bigger than the rooms in Walsh, so it’s been very comfortable.”Pangborn’s smaller hallways have been an adjustment for the community, according to Sonnen.“I think the biggest thing is that Walsh as a building made for community really easily,” Sonnen said. “Pangborn has a lot narrower hallways and a lot less common space that, when we’re throwing events or even just meeting new people, it’s harder to do that.”Sonnen said the “non-physical” aspects of Walsh have not changed.“We talk about ‘Walsh Love’ a lot and we have three main tenets of our being,” Sonnen said. “They’re safety, inclusion and community, so that’s really what we’re trying to cultivate in Walsh.”Kelly-Buckley said in some ways, moving to Pangborn has not changed the feeling of dorm life for the Walsh community.“Because they kept the whole Walsh community together, it feels the same to me inside the dorm,” Kelly-Buckley said. “Obviously the physical location is different, but you know, we’re still Walsh.”Tags: Construction, Pangborn Hall, Walsh community, Walsh Hall
USC’s women’s lacrosse team remains undefeated in early Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play after beating San Diego State Wednesday, 13-9. USC improved to 4-4 overall on the year as well as 2-0 in the MPSF. After suffering a loss at Massachusetts (9-1) last Saturday, USC got back to .500 with the win over the Aztecs.Sharp shooter · Sophomore attacker Caroline De Lyra scored four goals and notched two assists in USC’s win over the Aztecs yesterday. The Brightwaters, N.Y. native has scored 11 goals on the season. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanSophomore attacker Caroline de Lyra led the Women of Troy in scoring with four goals, while freshman midfielders Michaela Michael and Alex Moore and freshman attacker Annie Ruland all added two goals each.USC more than doubled SDSU’s efforts in shots, putting 29 on target compared to the Aztecs’ 14. That forced SDSU’s goalie to make 13 saves, while USC sophomore goalie Liz Shaeffer only made two.After eight scoreless minutes to open the game, SDSU got on the board first, but within 30 seconds USC senior midfielder Elizabeth Eddy scored for the Women of Troy. The teams traded goals until the score was locked at 3-3. The Women of Troy then surged ahead, scoring three straight goals to head into halftime with a 6-3 lead.Coming out of halftime, the Aztecs closed the gap to a 6-5 deficit, but the Women of Troy responded with two goals to move ahead 8-5. The two teams scored back and forth again before USC scored four straight goals to move ahead, 13-7. The Aztecs scored the last two goals of the game, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Women of Troy.De Lyra’s offensive prowess was matched by SDSU’s Michaela Jarvis, who also put up four goals and an assist.The Women of Troy embark on a stretch of five straight road games in conference play tomorrow at Fresno State (1-8, 0-4). After taking on the Bulldogs this weekend, USC will visit Saint Mary’s (0-5, 0-3) and Cal (2-5, 1-3) next weekend before traveling to Colorado the following week to take on Colorado (4-5, 1-1) and Denver (7-1, 2-0).USC currently sits in a three-way tie with Denver and Stanford for the best record in MPSF play. Both USC’s preseason projection and current standings in conference play indicate that USC will make the MPSF tournament but need big upset wins to dethrone the top two teams in the conference. The Women of Troy also would not receive a bye in the quarterfinals of the MPSF tournament if they finished third in the conference standings.