A Living Space by Your Own Design: The Quads of Norris Hall

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Situated at the top of upper campus, the Norris Hall quads look down onto the rest of campus and out to Downtown Los Angeles. West-facing common room like this one get a spectacular view of the East LA skyline. E. Norris Hall Blue tower at Occidental College in Los Angeles, on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. Annie Dolan/The Occidental
Norris living communities, colloquially known as “quads,” consist of two sets of 4 doubles that each share a common room and a bathroom. This quad uses a chore chart to ensure responsibilities in maintaining their shared space are distributed equally. E. Norris Hall Blue tower at Occidental College in Los Angeles, on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. Annie Dolan/The Occidental
While tables, chairs, and couches are provided by the school for each common room, some quads choose to personalize the standard furniture with personal accessories like this quad in E. Norris Hall Blue tower at Occidental College in Los Angeles, on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. Annie Dolan/The Occidental
In addition to paintings made by the residents to reflect their hometowns, this quad has put up a sign saying, “Invest in the Future Not Fossil Fuels,” used by the residents at the Global Climate Strike in E. Norris Hall Yellow tower at Occidental College in Los Angeles, on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. Two of the residents are co-presidents of Oxy 350, a climate-based sustainability club at Occidental. Annie Dolan/The Occidental
Art, posters, and photographs are reflective of both this quad’s emphasis on female-empowerment and the residents’ personal style spread across this wall in E. Norris Hall Blue tower at Occidental College in Los Angeles, on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. Annie Dolan/The Occidental
A mosaic of art and vintage posters cover this wall in E. Norris Hall Blue tower at Occidental College in Los Angeles, on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. Annie Dolan/The Occidental