08/27/2012 09:30 am ET Updated Aug 27, 2012

Don’t Call It A Dorm: NIU Students Move Into $6,500-per-semester New Residence Hall - Joliet Herald News

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If you insist on sticking to Merriam-Webster’s online definition of a dormitory as “a residence hall providing rooms for individuals or for groups usually without private baths” — and question such political correctness and/or marketing jargon — you could be asked to leave the east third floor by Community Advisor Bridget Hickey as if you had hurled a derogatory word her way.

At New Residence Hall, the housing is set up so that there are semi-private restrooms shared with just one other student and clustered living arrangements with a commons for 12 students that holds a study area, living room with flat-screen TV, kitchenette, washer and dryer — sort of like a set adapted from reality TV’s “Big Brother.”