Helser "brown house" alum here. I remember fall of 83 was very hot...everynight the power was shut off for the first week . Guess what? We survived. I wouldn't change trade a second of my helser experience
Lived in Barton (Anders house, which was co-ed) from '98 to '02 and loved it. Met my wife there and we had a good close-knit group of friends, most of whom stayed in the dorms through their undergrad days. Every housing area on campus has its good and bad. I really liked the old school feel of the Old RCA area, the old brick buildings, walking through the archway between Roberts and Lyon on the way to and from class, trying to skate down the sloping sidewalk to the street in the middle of winter without falling down, playing catch with a frisbee or baseball in the green space to the east. As others have said, a window fan or two were enough to get by for the few hot weeks at the beginning of fall/end of spring.
Another great memory from those days was the night Iowa State beat UCLA in the 2000 NCAA tournament in the Sweet Sixteen. Everyone's windows were open and immediately people started yelling out their windows to each other in celebration, "ELITE ******* EIGHT!!!"
Also remember a lot of "**** DRY VEISHEA" protest marches that came through the little courtyard there after the mob had dispersed from the president's house across the street.
"Would you rather have Niang for 4 years or Nerlens Noel for 1?" --Fran Frashcilla
"I hate it when anything good happens to a Hawkeye fan." --My wife.
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