Going, going, gone? No date yet released for Rubelmann demolition
Rumors about the oldest dorm on the South 40’s replacement have been circulating for years with a lack of funding stalling the project. However, freshman Nisha Dhanik, who lives in Ruby, believes that this year is different.
“My brother actually went to Wash. U., and he was in Ruby [in 2007-08] as well. He said after his freshman year that Ruby was going to get torn down…but this year, everyone’s saying that it really will,” Dhanik said.
Dhanik also said her residential advisor informed her floor that residents would be allowed to paint their walls at the end of the year, assuming the demolition does occur.
Junior Arya Parhar, a former Ruby resident, stated she also felt more certain about Ruby’s destruction this year than in previous years.
“They have those building plans—just as you leave [Bear’s Den], there’s that picture of the future Rubelmann Hall, so I guess I do buy into it more,” Parhar said.
Dean of Students Justin Carroll said that although the final decision on whether to tear down Ruby will not be made until after winter break, he does expect the demolition to take place this summer. He said the housing being constructed on the Delmar Loop would compensate for any shortage of beds.
“All things considered, we should be in a pretty good position to be able to go ahead with it because we’re adding so many new beds. Even though they’re not freshman beds, it’s the total number of beds we have to be concerned with,” Carroll said.
Carroll added that Washington University is proceeding with plans for the building that will replace Ruby whenever the latter is knocked down.
Dhanik said that although she would be sorry to see Ruby go, she appreciated the fact that future students would have more modern amenities.
“I know when I’m an upperclassman that it’d be nice just to kind of walk around everywhere I went as a freshman, and I won’t be able to do that with Ruby…it is positive that the kids will have a new dorm now, and it’ll be a lot nicer—bathrooms won’t flood and lights won’t turn off,” Dhanik said.
As a former resident, Parhar also said the dorm’s potential demolition saddened her.
“You kind of bond over how bad the [dorm] is. It’ll be sad to not be able to go back and say, ‘Oh, that’s my old dorm room,’” Parhar said.