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New apartments raise the bar on USF housing — and maybe the neighborhood

“It allows that intellectual stimulation to commingle with the rest of the community there, and when you live in that kind of environment it pulls you up,” Crist said. “You improve the environment and it improves you.”

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Ana Hernandez, assistant vice president of USF Housing & Residential Education, said she began noticing a culture change on the campus in 2008, with the arrival of the 230,000-square-foot Marshall Student Center as the new hub for students.

The following year, USF opened a 1,000-bed dorm facility called Juniper-Poplar Hall, bringing the number of on-campus residents to about 5,300.

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