Office Phone: 5874
It is such a joy and privilege to be part of the Blackstone Hall community! It's not every day that you get to experience the beginning of something. I was able to see Blackstone being built — to see it be filled up with life, memories and new traditions is such an exciting part of being a Resident Director. Some of my favorite college memories are from the four years I spent as an undergrad in Biola’s residence halls. I hope to help create those memories for the next generations of students! I love our community here in Blackstone!
Opening in Fall 2015, Blackstone Hall is the newest Residence Hall on campus. It is located near the La Mirada Blvd. entrance and the retail areas at the La Mirada Blvd. and Imperial Hwy. intersection. It is part of what is known as 'upper campus,' which also includes Alpha, and Horton Hall, and Sigma Hall. North is staffed by Resident Director and a team of RAs.
Blackstone Hall is Biola's newest Residence Hall. It is an L.E.E.D.-certified green building and specially designed to enhance community-building. Co-ed community lobbies on each floor and an in-building dining facility make for a community-oriented experience.
Blackstone Hall was purposefully designed with 132 Economy Double rooms to provide more affordable housing for Biola's students. The dining facility will serve coffee, breakfast, and grilled foods until 1am.
Blackstone Hall is named after Biola's first dean, William E. Blackstone (1841-1935). Blackstone was a successful Chicago businessman who gave away all his savings and luxurious home at midlife to devote himself fully to Bible teaching, global evangelism and writing. His lifelong partnership with fellow Biola founder Lyman Stewart began in 1902 upon relocating from Chicago to Los Angeles. On Feb. 25, 1908, he was among the small group of evangelical leaders who met together in a prayer meeting for the founding of the Bible Institute of Los Angeles. Blackstone served the new Institute as a founding trustee, officer and first dean of the educational program. Prior to his relocation to Los Angeles, Blackstone devoted himself to the Jewish people, founding the first mission for Jewish evangelism in the United States, the Chicago Hebrew Mission. Blackstone petitioned former President Benjamin Harrison in 1891 to help foster better cooperation between Jews and Arabs in Palestine. In 1913, Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis asked Blackstone to reissue that petition to President Woodrow Wilson; it was, in Brandeis’ view, the best expression of humanitarian compassion toward the persecuted Jewish refugees and their human rights claims for a secure national homeland.
Blackstone Hall's doors are secured by an electronic access system, so only students can access the building during the day, and only residents may enter the building at night. Each individual room is key-locked for student security. Security cameras in outside and common areas are monitored 24 hours per day, and Campus Safety patrols campus regularly to ensure student security at all times.
Each room differs slightly, so your room may look different. There are many other ways to personalize the layout of your room from these samples.
Residents have the privilege this year of building a brand new community and creating its traditions and legacy!