NOVEMBER + DECEMBER 2015 VOLUME 33, NUMBER 2 DEPARTMENTS 10 Just In 18 20 22 56 Calendar 60 61 67 68 First Takes 24 PHOTO COURTESY OF HOBART AND WILLIAM SMITH COLLEGES COLUMNS 8 Vision A Seat at the Table 24 Res Life No Vans Needed By Brandon Barile Read how you don't need to take students off campus to teach them the value of volunteering. 28 Business Do Guaranteed Rates Work? By Stacy Oliver-Sikorski Learn how institutions have fared using guaranteed housing rates. 4 TALKING STICK 32 Special Focus The Apartment Experience By Matthew Venaas, Amanda Knerr, and Jessica Robinson Campus apartment communities have changed, but they still are a multifaceted environment that offers an exceptional student experience. Spotlight on the University of Southern Mississippi plus more institutions adding gender-neutral pronouns to forms; a new online resource to curb alcohol abuse; a new study shows the value of texting; the new campus safety initiative from the Virginia Tech community; an update on Hall Crew; how campus life is better thanks to one good dog; which are the top LGBTQ friendly campuses; and how on-campus living enhances the student experience by the numbers. Your ACUHO-I Transitions Conversations Let's talk about training RAs. Around Student Affairs New Members Snapshot Meet Jill Powell.