Creativity meets space in contest

Noelle Pennyman

Sophomore journalism major Justin Armburger and freshman business administration major Matthew Baclawski won for the Best Use of Space category in the Homestyling Contest. KATIE ROUPE | DAILY KENT STATER

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Kent Interhall Council chose six winners for its Homestyling Contest. The winners, who received $75 gift cards to Kmart, were chosen based on three categories.

Laura Kordalski, sophomore fashion merchandising major, and roommate sophomore nursing major Stephanie Gambatese won in the Best Theme category.

“I would call it ‘colorful polka dots,'” Kordalski said. They cut out different sized circles out of construction paper she said.

Gambatese said most of the decorations in their room came from the previous year.

“We did it little by little,” Gambatese said.

Kordalski said she didn’t think their room would win in the competition.

“We put a lot of time into it, but we didn’t know what the other competition was doing,” Kordalski said.

Shayla Kotanides, freshman fashion merchandising major and freshman broadcast major Lauren Forthofer won for the Most Creative category.

The room had pink and orange stickers on the walls that looked like paint.

“I think it’s awesome,” Forthofer said.

Forthofer said she didn’t know what they were going to buy with the $75 gift card to Kmart.

“I don’t know what, maybe carpet. We have so much stuff already,” Forthofer said.

Freshman business administration major Matthew Baclawski and Justin Armburger, sophomore journalism major, won for the Best Use of Space category.

They lofted both their beds and put a futon under one of the beds. Baclawski used shelving units inside his closet.

Baclawski said he bought a new TV for the room during the summer and he knew in advance they would have to organize the room.

“It worked out pretty well,” Baclawski said.

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