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August 15, 1992

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Occupants of Kansas University's newest home for students say they're the objects of some good-natured razzing.

Amini Scholarship Hall is getting its first residents this weekend and the word is out that Amini is "luxury'' housing.

"It's not your average hall," said Shan Schwartz, a Topeka senior who will be director at Amini.

"It's a different quality of living we're taking a lot of flak from other scholarship hall residents," he said.

The $1.5 million K.K. and Margaret Amini Scholarship Hall will open its doors to students for the first time this fall as 50 men move into the hall in the next few days.

The 16,425-square-foot hall, in the 1300 block of Louisiana, was built with the help of a major gift of $1 million from the Aminis, KU alumni living in San Antonio, Texas.

Amini is the first scholarhip hall built since 1954, when both Douthart and Grace Pearson halls were built, KU officials said.

Schwartz, who moved into Amini this week, said the hall probably is one of the nicest places for students to live because of its features.

The smell of fresh paint and cut wood greets visitors as they enter the building.

Amini has bathrooms in every four-person bedroom suite, an elevator and a partition separating the living room from the foyer. The partition has a window salvaged from a university-owned house that was demolished on the spot where Amini now stands.

Most KU scholarship halls have a "community" bathroom on each floor, and only one other scholarship hall, Pearson, has an elevator, officials said.

"It's very impressive," said Chris Locke, a Topeka senior who will serve as Amini's proctor.

"It's very well designed and very well decorated," he said. "It's impressive for student living. When you walk in, you wouldn't think it was student housing it's more like a hotel."

"We may be the envy . . .'' of other scholarhip halls, said Bryan Young, a Lawrence sophomore and Amini's first hall president.

About 20 former residents of other scholarship halls and 30 new residents will live in Amini.

Schwartz and Locke said they have been ribbed by other student housing employees about living in "luxurious" Amini.

"We're not above anybody else," Schwartz said. "People might be a little jealous now, but they have to remember that they had the nicest hall when theirs was new."

He said Amini's new students will be pressured to keep the building in tiptop shape.

"There is a lot of pressure on Chris and me and the residents to keep it looking nice because if anything happens to it, it will show," he said. "We have to take good care of it."

The students say they hope to establish some traditions and even find a mascot for Amini Hall.

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