CARBONDALE -- SIU is taking steps to prepare for the upcoming eclipse.
The university is preparing to lodge hundreds of people in Schneider Hall, a dormitory scheduled for demolition. The SIU Housing Department says they're preparing for thousands of people to come out and potentially rent some of these dorm rooms during eclipse weekend.
One of those people is SIU alumnus Raymond Roth, who now lives in Chicago and stayed in Schneider Hall back in the 70s.
"I saw that they were opening up the dorms for the event and I said, 'Wow, Schneider Hall, I used to live there in '70 and '71,'" said Roth.
So Roth decided to pony up $400 to stay in Schneider hall one last time.
"It's going to be pretty nostalgic, right? Yeah, it always is, and now that they're tearing Schneider down, it makes it even more special," said Roth.
But Roth won't just be staying in the same building he used to live in.
"They're even going to put me in my same room, which is kind of fun," Roth added.
Although Schneider Hall will be gone soon, Roth and other alumni will get at least one more chance to relive their college days.
But SIU isn't the only school in the area renting out dorm space during the eclipse. The owners of the Morthland College dorms in West Frankfort tell News 3 they will be renting out a lot of empty space for those traveling to southern Illinois for the big event.
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