Old and busted: Musty cinderblock dorm rooms with rickety bunk beds and community showers. New hotness: Wood floors, private baths, and upscale dining. U-M is part of a trend that views college students as, well, wanting something a little more human than army barracks-style living.
"Last September, the University of Michigan opened the North Quadrangle Residential and Academic Complex, called North Quad by students and faculty. The $175 million state-of-the-art building includes 450 residential rooms, classrooms with video teleconferencing capabilities, study lounges with smart boards and flat-screen TVs in nearly every hallway that show upcoming events.
In July, the National Association of College and University Food Services awarded the dining hall its gold status for the facility's food presentation and menu, which includes salmon fillet, tortellini with a walnut pesto sauce, lamb and even shark. For students who want a typical college meal, there's a pizza station and soft-serve ice cream."
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