Just in time for the warmer weather, residents at Ehringhaus Residence Hall have been treated to a new dedicated hammock area.
The area, located in front of the residence hall, is a group of six wooden poles with hooks for attaching hammocks. With room for 16 hammocks, students have plenty of space to relax with their friends and enjoy the spring weather.
The hammock area is the result of a collaboration between first-year student Michael Alberse and Carolina Housing. Alberse had success with a similar project in high school, so when he was transitioning to college he sought to replicate the idea on campus.
“I went to Cary Academy and essentially we were using hammocks on campus on trees, and administrators told people we couldn’t hammock on trees because it was wearing off the bark,” he said. “Then we couldn’t hammock on poles between buildings because it was over concrete. So basically there was nowhere we could use hammocks. It’s the classic origin story.”
Seeking a solution, Alberse talked to his principal and applied for a PTA grant. From there, he did research on the optimal layout and found volunteers to help him build it at Cary Academy. The project became his year’s senior class gift and was a resounding success, inspiring him to bring the idea with him to Chapel Hill.