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The Horrible, Awful, No Good Roommate PRESENTED BY: JEFF BONDY, KORRIN ENGEL, AND TYLER FAGENSTROM MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY-BOZEMAN.

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1 The Horrible, Awful, No Good Roommate PRESENTED BY: JEFF BONDY, KORRIN ENGEL, AND TYLER FAGENSTROM MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY-BOZEMAN

2 Goals Recognize the importance of roommate assignment process. Compare/contrast your roommate experience to current issues Examine a new approach to managing roommate conflicts Assess current practices in roommate assignment, contracting, management

3 Mismatched: Common Roommate Issues Space Privacy Sharing Cleanliness Guests and Visitation Sleep Habits Interests

4 The Montana Side of Things Rapid enrollment growth Limited bed space Student need for space, amenities Parents’ expectations Consumer Mentality Decreased Flexibility Increased Cost of Attendance Lower Coping Skills

5 MSU—On-Campus Occupancy

6 Montana State University Enrollment Trends

7 Top Freshman Feeder States

8 Quick Survey What were your great challenges during your freshman year of college? What have been some of your greatest professional challenges?

9 Here’s the Issue… With limited bed space and often static staff numbers, confronting and alleviating roommate issues can be challenging.

10 Eeny Meeny Miney Mo… Hand Assigning Housing Software Management Programs ◦StarRez, Adirondak ◦Student Survey, Parental Involvement Third Party Modules ◦Roomsync

11 Our Story… WHAT WE’VE TRIED: Housing Management Software Roommate Contracts RA Mediation WHAT WE’VE FOUND OUT: Can be based on inaccurate information Effective if both parties are invested RAs can feel overwhelmed and ill-prepared

12 Contracts, Contracts, Contracts Updated roommate contracts ◦Alcohol use questions ◦Mandatory Discussion with parents Follow up with Connections Surveys

13 Conflict Is an evitable part of life, especially on a campus Can impact a person’s emotions, thoughts, and ability to learn and engage Can be an opportunity for personal growth

14 Sustained Dialogue: Let’s Chat A brief history Focuses on: Seeking mutual understanding Reassessing earlier assumptions Creating a safe environment Approaching problems analytically and emotionally

15 Talk, Talk, Talk

16 Relationship Mapping

17 Let’s Give It a Shot… Rob and Chris are sophomores who have roomed together for the last year, with very few apparent sources of conflict. However, things have been increasingly tense between the two roommates in recent days over seemingly mundane things. Rob has his girlfriend over for three or four days at a time, which annoys Chris because Chris is unable to get any sleeping or studying done in the room while the girlfriend is there. Rob is also a slob, with clothes tossed all over the room in no particular order. This annoys Chris because he is a very neat, meticulous person. Chris, on the other hand likes to listen to heavy metal music at all hours of the day and night. This annoys Rob because he is into country music. Chris also often uses Rob’s stereo equipment without taking proper care of it. Rob may be a slob with his clothes, but is very meticulous with his stereo. With the beginning of midterms, the tension in the room has grown thicker. Rob is doing very well academically, even with his girlfriend over for so many days at a time, while Chris has been struggling. This also puts a strain on the relationship between the two roommates.

18 I Hear What You’re Saying…

19 Let’s Talk About…

20 Our Two Cents… Roommate Issues are static, but our approach has to be dynamic Sometimes the goal has to be personal growth not conflict resolution

21 Let’s See What You’ve Got…


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