The Environment of Samuel T. Graves Hall

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Graves hall, which was constructed in 1889, used to be the only building on the campus of Morehouse College during early years of operation. Graves hall used to house all college resources including living resources and classrooms. Today Graves hall is one of many residence halls on campus and is predominantly living quarters, as opposed to the various departments it used to house. Although some things about the hall has changed since 1889, some things remain the same. Graves hall is still producing noteworthy alums and is still a vital part of the institution, the city of Atlanta and the state of Georgia. The environment of Graves Hall is not always positive but both positive and negative environments aid in transforming boys into men by ushering a sense of responsibility and respect through stiff rules, policies and peer to peer relations, provides a safe, comfortable living space through various team building activities, heightened security and positive atmospheres, boost resident morale through functional facilities, and hall pride, and stimulates motivation to achieve by imposing high standards upon residents.
The key to the transformation of boys to men within Graves Hall is nurturing by ushering a sense of responsibility and respect through stiff rules and policies. Each resident hall on the campus of Morehouse College is governed by the Resident Housing Association. Although the RHA implies rules to all of its residence halls, it is up to the staff within the halls to enforce and determine the magnitude at which they will enforce the rules. It is apparent from many freshman students that the rules in their halls are not fully enforced and Graves Hall has the most enforced rules out of all other freshman living quarters. ...

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...gative environments aid in transforming boys into men. Graves Hall may not be considered to be the most exciting hall to live in because of strict rules and policies and the residents of Graves Hall may be very diverse and secluded at times but, when in need, the brothers of Graves Hall join together to get the job done. These brothers take care of their living quarters and respect it like their home. Unlike, other halls where there are confrontations and arguments, the brothers of Graves Hall always have each others back when in need. No matter what is said or what is thought of Graves Hall by upperclassmen or anyone else, the brothers of Graves Hall know, without a doubt, they are in the right environment to guide them in the right direction in order to ultimately reach success. The environment of Graves Hall is a magical place where boys are transformed into men.

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