Sandburg, which is the oldest UWM residence hall, has four different towers (North, South, East, and West) and is home to 2,800 residents. North, South, and West towers are almost identical in size and style. East tower (added in 2001) typically houses upperclassman because of its different layout.
In East tower, each suite holds more people, is larger in size, and has a kitchen. Don’t worry, if you want to cook and don’t live in East there is a kitchen you can use for free at the bottom of South tower. You just have to bring your own pots, pans and ingredients. In the traditional towers (N, S & W) each room holds four or five residents and there are more people on each floor.
All of the towers are connected on the first and third floors by the Sandburg Commons. The first floor has the Emporium (more commonly known as the “Empo”) which is like a gas station convenience store without the gas. It has soda, chips, candy, frozen pizza, fresh fruit, vegetables, and just about anything else you would want to eat. There is also the on-campus coffee shop called The Grind. There are several locations on campus and you can use your meal plan at all of them. Because food is so amazing, Sandburg also offers Palm Gardens. Palms is your one stop for a junk food jubilee. It opens at 7:00 pm when the cafeteria closes. There are burgers, wraps, pizza, curly fries, corn dogs, milkshakes, cheese curds, slushies, and soda. Oh, and it gets better. It is open until 1:00 am. If you happen to miss dinner and you don’t want something deep fried, the Empo and Palms both offer pre-packaged salads, sandwiches, and some other healthy options. For entertainment, the first floor offers Flicks. Flicks is our free movie theater. That’s right, free. We show movies Thursday through Sunday nights.
On the third floor of the Commons is the cafeteria. It’s open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. There are hot meals served at certain times, but you are always able to get some food. My favorite place to eat is Carl’s Deli which is right inside the café. Also located on the third floor is Channel, which is a space that has it all. There is a DJ booth, a stage, two pianos, a lounge with a high-def television, and a lot of comfortable chairs. Residents can do anything from practice dance for a class to study, hook up video games to play music together. It’s a great place to meet up with friends.
Currently there is a lot of rearranging around Sandburg. We have a workout room that is moving and that room is becoming another classroom. The study lounge is being moved to make it bigger and able to have more resources like tutoring and computers. I’ll keep you posted on all of the changes that are happening in and around Sandburg. I think all of the new developments are going to make Sandburg even better.