It’s a strange feeling to visit a house you once lived in, only to find a fraternity now occupying it. Such a feeling arose in 2004 graduates Katie Guibord, Kristin Oberlander and Rachel Sites Haedt during Reunion Weekend 2014, when what was their 413 Kiefaber St. has since become the Alpha Nu house.
But that’s not to say 413 Kiefaber doesn’t have its peculiarities in 2004.
“It had orange shag carpet with ground-in bubble gum,” they recalled. “It is the same color it was for us, with wood paneling and peeling paint.”
Though often considered a coveted location in the student neighborhood, 11 years ago 413 Kiefaber provided special struggles for its residents.
“The lottery was always a source of anguish, but our group had three people so we got a good spot,” they said. “Our neighbors were nuts. There is a ton of space on the left side of the house, but people always insisted on walking through the small alley on the right, and we could hear everything.”
The ladies of 413 Kiefaber stuck together during their entire University of Dayton experience, so they got through crazy neighbors, each others’ quirks and rumors of a “flasher running around the student neighborhood” their senior year by teasing Kristin for binge-watching “Law & Order” and mothering “ridiculously-named” gerbils.
“It was part of its charm,” they said.1 Comment
Despite seven different schedules, the residents come together once a week for community dinners and enjoy people-watching out their front window.No Comments
It was a midwinter snowstorm that truly made 120 Evanston a rock-star house. But first, there was the porch-sit strategy.
Housemates Linda Bowman Kelly ’78 and Kathy Moeder-Christensen ’78 met as cheerleaders for the junior varsity basketball team, while Debbie DeCurtins Townson ’78, Beth Perry Wright ’78 and Barb Haber Hawks ’79 were Flyerettes.
The five moved into 120 Evanston, found by Kelly, in 1976.
“I remember the upstairs consisted of two small bedrooms with bunk beds, one closet-size bedroom and one small bathroom,” Moeder-Christensen said.
With only one bathroom to five girls, Moeder-Christensen said she still wonders how they managed it. Though 120 Evanston is now University-owned, she remembers it as one of the nicest landlord houses to live in off campus. Because
of this, they were “particular” about it; so they made friends with the neighbors when it came to porch-sitting.
“We visited 460 Lowes — a.k.a. ‘The Upper Lowes Gang’ — to sit on their big porch,” she said. “It just so happened that they didn’t mind us visiting. Now, that’s a house with some stories.”
One that Moeder-Christensen and Kelly will never forget is the Blizzard of ’78. Students living on Evanston had to walk to class by maneuvering over a hill and crossing railroad tracks, which no longer exist but at the time were treacherous in
“We had so much snow that winter, and when the big storm hit, classes were cancelled and we spent the day making a huge snowman with our friends on Lowes,” she said. She recalls that 120 Evanston was one of the only houses in the area
that had heat, thanks to their landlord.
“We were nice and toasty while everyone else was freezing,” she said. “[It’s] one of my fondest memories.”
Like many Flyers now in the student neighborhoods, the 120 Evanston women remember their house and neighbors affectionately, and wonder what the houses are like today.
“If walls could talk,” said Moeder-Christensen.
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From patriotic flags to UD-themed coffee break furniture, the residents of 1518 Frericks know how to make their house a home.No Comments
The residents of 120 Evanston have wildly different majors and schedules, but they still make time to lose intramural baseball and share midnight snacks together.
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The residents of 434 Lowes celebrate their last semester as the “kings of the castle” living on one of the highest points of Lowes Street.
Read about the residents who lived there in 1989.
Location and size are the features that attracted this group of seniors to 221 Kiefaber. Take a look inside to see how these six residents are spending their time and making this house into a home.No Comments
The average time for a student to live in the student neighborhood is one year. These spirited ladies of 434 Lowes did it for three.
Suzanne Dumon Ward, Eileen Reilly Phelps, Ann Bretz Boone, Lori Harris Tevis and Cathy Dalsaso Bottema, all 1989 graduates, first rented the home from a landlord their sophomore year, and then UD purchased the house.
“They contacted us and said, ‘You guys get first dibs,’” Ward said. “Living in the Ghetto again? Heck, yeah.”
The five were constantly together, from watching thirtysomething to hitting Brown Street on weekends. They even joined the first national sorority on campus, Alpha Phi, together.
“They were only taking 20 girls, so we were all thinking … there’s no way five of us from the same house were going to get in,” Phelps said.
The 434 Lowes residents had driven to Detroit to attend a Genesis concert the night that bids were sent out, and when they returned, the letters were waiting for them in the mailbox.
“On the way home there was tension in the car,” Ward said. “But we opened the mailbox, and we all got in.”
Having an open-door policy and being buddies with all of the neighbors turned out to be both the best and the worst combination: lots of activity, lots of fun, lots of stolen food.
“We were always friends with our neighbors every year. And we never locked our door, in all three years. We just knew it was home,” Phelps said.
Stepping onto campus exactly 25 years later, the roommates insist nothing has changed.
“We have a strong bond,” Boone said. “It’s instant comfort, lasting friendship and spirit that only people who went to UD would know.”
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It was all fun and games until someone stole their porch swing. Then, the 1987-88 residents of 418 Stonemill declared war.
Amy Fister-Lottes ’88 says her fondest campus memories took place on that Stonemill porch. “I miss the camaraderie of living with e other girls who were also great friends,” she said. “I miss hanging out on our front porch swing, laying out in the backyard and hosting BBQs for friends.”
Housemate Theresa Quirk Meyers ’88 agreed. “The best part of being at that house — and being a part of UD — was making lifelong friendships,” she said.
Then, there was the War of 1987. “My house-mate stole a life-size Bartles & Jaymes cutout from the guys at 35 Evanston, then put it in our attic window so they would see it on their way to base-ball practice,” Fister-Lottes recalled. “They retaliat-ed by stealing our porch swing in the middle of the night — and hanging it on the side of their house, just out of reach. We answered by stealing their Hulk Hogan action figure.”
A truce was called, and all belongings were returned during a “peace summit,” Fister-Lottes said.
The jokes continued, though. Fister-Lottes remembers how she and her roommates would laugh nonstop during daily soap opera marathons, family dinners, girls’ nights out and Friday afternoons on the porch spent greeting fellow students on their way home from class.
“I’d describe our house as old-fashioned, with a creepy basement and even creepier attic. There was an odd-looking clawfoot tub that had been convert-ed into a shower, and one room was always too hot in the summer but too cold in the winter,” Fister-Lottes remembered.
Despite the quirks, she’d pick it again.
“If I were a current student, I would go back to 418 Stonemill,” she said. “It was great being near campus, but also close to everything else, while not being right in the middle of the Ghetto. It was a bit quieter on Stonemill, but easy to get to the action.”
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Six men spent the 2013-14 academic year living at 118 Stonemill, a Fellow house. The residence came complete with a nice front porch and a few quirks they’ve grown to love — or at least live with.
Read about the residents who lived there in 1987-88.
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