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Volume 70, Issue 5, Friday, August 27, 2004


Student's dorm room gets a free makeover

Fraternity house resident wins contest, has his living quarters professionally revamped

By William Cordray
The Daily Cougar

A Sigma Nu fraternity member will be living more comfortably and stylishly in his fraternity house tonight thanks to a dorm-room makeover contest.

Political science sophomore David Bock and his roommate, advertising junior Chris Flannigan, won Fox 26 and Ikea's Dorm Room Challenge, which was open to students who live on campus at UH, Texas Southern University, Rice University and the University of St. Thomas.

More than 800 contestants submitted 50-word e-mailed essays about why they should have their rooms redecorated.

"I said my room looked like a shoebox (in the essay)," Bock said.

One student from each university won $1,000 in Ikea products and decorating advice from Gil D. Warrick, Channel 26's lifestyles designer. The room makeovers were done during the channel's morning news program this week.

Bock said he went through three interviews about himself, his room and how he wanted to change it. After he was informed that he won, Warrick and Brock went to Ikea to decide how to decorate the room.

"Each dorm room has been challenging so far, and most dorm rooms are similar to David and Chris' room in size -- about 10 foot by 12 feet," Warrick said.

When a Channel 26 crew showed up at 4:45 a.m. Thursday to begin setting up for the morning show, an impromptu eight-man crew helped Bock and Flannigan remove everything from their room.

"I walked outside this morning at 5 a.m. and saw this big satellite tower, and I was like, What the heck is that?'" Marcelle Rivero, one of the helpers, said.

J.R. Ortega, another housemate, said the entire process happened in a short time.

"We had about two hours to get everything moved out and moved in," Ortega said. "Bock still owes us breakfast."

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