Podcasts present previews of freshmen halls

There is always a touch of anxiety as College freshmen (and their parents) prepare for the big move to dorm life. For the first time, William and Mary students and their families can preview their residence halls remotely—and before they ever arrive—via podcasts.

The podcasts, which were filmed, directed and produced on campus this summer by William and Mary students, highlight both the exterior and interior features of each freshmen residence hall. Inspired by the style of the popular MTV show “Cribs,” which provides viewers with tours of celebrity homes, the William and Mary freshmen hall podcasts are in a fast-paced, “you are there” fashion. The idea for the segments came up last spring, noted Residence Life Director Deb Boykin.

“I'm pleased we were able to get them turned around so quickly,” Boykin said. “Before choosing a College, students come to campus physically and tour some of our buildings. Not everyone can return before arriving for freshmen move-in day. This gives them a chance to see their new home and its surroundings from a student’s point of view.

The clips were the idea of the Student Affairs Committee on Technology and the project was overseen by the Office of Residence Life. Residence Life Area Director Monique Colclough narrates the short clips, which provide a quick video tour of the freshmen residence halls and basics about each building.

The eight podcasts feature video tours of Barrett, Brown, Dupont, Hunt, Monroe, Taliaferro and Yates halls, as well as the Botetourt Complex, which includes Dinwiddie, Fauquier, Gooch, Nicholson and Spotswood halls.

William and Mary is expecting more than 1,350 entering students to arrive this Friday for freshmen move-in day. Undergraduate classes are scheduled to begin Aug. 29, 2007.