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Public Affairs Residential College (PARC)

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Size: 113 residents
Location: 1838 Chicago Avenue
Master: Lane Fenrich, freshman dean and distinguished senior lecturer in gender and sexuality studies, Weinberg College
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Just a two-minute walk from downstown Evanston, PARC is home to a vibrant mix of students (who call themselves "PARCers") from all six undergraduate schools. A typical suite - four rooms adjoining a common living area - might bring journalism, engineering, and music majors together with economics, Spanish, and political science majors. Diversity also characterizes what PARCers do and the faculty fellows who often lead or join them in doing it.

In one college tradition, fellows and PARC members start conversations at meals in the PARC dining room at Allison Residential Community and continue them from week to week; in the process they get to know each other as people, not just as students and faculty members. Fellows organize trips to Chicago, lead firesides, and host dinners for students at restaurants or in their homes. Some fellows offer on-site tutorials that meet in the conference room.  The diversity of PARCers' interests and viewpoints only strngthens the college's close-knit community.

PARC tends to attract students who seek involvement beyond the walls of the college and the bounds of campus. They participate philanthropic activities such as Dance Marathon, Relay for Life, and Project Pumpkin, and many volunteer in area schools or find their own ways to make a positive difference in others' lives.

Most Wednesdays at PARC end with late-night "coffee and conversation" - a chance for fellows and students to talk about recent Daily Northwestern headlines, debate who's ahead in the battle of the sexes, or discuss whatever comes to mind. And in PARC's TV lounge and rec room they have a place to play table tennis, watch the Oscars, or blow off steam with a round of Apples to Apples.

Whatever their interests of ambitions, PARCers find that their residence is a vibrant, nurturing place to learn, to feel at home, and to create lasting bonds with fellow students as well as faculty.


Whatever their interest or ambitions, PARCers find that their place to live is also a place to learn, to call home, and to create bonds - with fellow students as well as faculty - that may last a lifetime.





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