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The Quad dorms include North, South, East and West dorms. Officially, East is Mildred E. Mudd Hall, and South is David X. Marks Hall, but very few students refer to them as such. The directional designations have grown organically with the College and bear little resemblance to actual compass directions. The way most remember their placement is that East was constructed first and was on the eastern end of campus. West was built second and placed west of East. North was then added north of East. Naturally, the last building to complete the Quad had to be called South—it's west of North and north of West.
Each of the Quad dorms has a large central courtyard that serves as a hang out and study break place in the warm southern California weather. They all share a grassy central quad as well. East, West and North are physically identical. Most rooms are doubles that share a bathroom with another double. There are some single rooms in each. South, on the other hand, is composed primarily of single rooms grouped into three- or four-person suites with a shared bathroom and small living room. The Quad dorms are desirable for those who want to be nearest to the academic buildings and the dining hall. They each also have loyal residents who serve as caretakers of distinct dorm personalities.
The Outer Dorms
The Outer dorms include Atwood, Case, Linde and Sontag. These residence halls were constructed more recently than the Quad and have differing architectural features.
Atwood has three floors with four large suites on each. The suites each have two doubles, one triple and four single rooms sharing two bathrooms and a living room. In addition, there are six double rooms with efficiency kitchens, as well as three sets of two "column" doubles connected by a narrow corridor. Given the building design, social interaction in Atwood usually occurs within suites.
Case is divided into four “Ls” of about 30 people, thereby encouraging interaction with a larger group of students than the 11-person Atwood suites. Case was built in 1985 and has slightly larger rooms than other dorms on campus.
Linde also has rooms arranged by suites—12 six-person suites and 2 four-person "apartments" with kitchens. The suites all open onto a central courtyard. Linde anchors the eastern end of the campus and is the farthest from the academic buildings.
Sontag Hall, our newest dorm, opened in fall 2004 and houses 76 students. It has a similar configuration to Linde, but there is a kitchen in each suite, allowing upperclass students to be off the meal plan. In addition, Sontag has two apartments for married students/domestic partners and their children. It is fair to say that the Outer dorms tend to have more upperclass students and more fluid personalities from year to year.
There were two other historical student residences, Garrett House and the Foothill Apartments. Garrett House is the home of HMC's president. From 1998 to 2004, seven students lived in the house while President Strauss and his family lived off campus. President Klawe now resides there with her family. The Foothill Apartments, an old apartment complex housing 28 students, were torn down during the summer of 2003 to make way for the construction of Sontag.