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Things to Bring to the Res Halls


  • Average clothes

  • Sweatshirts/Jackets

  • Pajamas

  • Robe (to go to and from the showers in)

  • Sportswear, as needed

  • Underwear

  • Socks

  • Belt

  • Shoes

  • Winter boots (At least part way up your calves or to your knees, snow can get deep in Pullman.)

  • Flip flops (To wear in the showers)

  • Rain gear

  • Snow gear

  • Formal outfit? (Some Res Halls have formal functions, it’s always good to have a nice shirt and tie/skirt)


  • Fabric softener

  • Bleach (colorsafe)

  • Laundry detergent

  • Hamper

  • Dryer sheets

  • Stain remover

  • Lint brush

  • Sewing kit

  • Iron and ironing board (I never needed one, but you never know.)

Bathroom Essentials

it might be best to buy it in bulk now so that you don’t have to worry about it running out

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste

  • Razors and shaving cream

  • Shampoo, conditioner, body wash

  • Soap

  • Floss

  • Hair Dryer

  • Tweezers

  • Band aids and other first aid essentials

  • Tampons, pads

  • Makeup

  • Anything needed for contact lenses or glasses

  • Deodorant

  • Chap stick

  • Q-tips

  • Brush/comb

  • Fingernail/toenail clippers

  • Gel/mouse/hair spray

  • Perfume/cologne

  • Mouthwash

  • Aspirin and other must-have over-the-counter medications

  • Lotions, moisturizers

  • Towels, hand towels, and washcloths

  • Shower caddy to take these things back and forth

Electronics & Appliances

  • Computer/Laptops

  • Printer

  • Ethernet cord (If necessary)

  • A carrying case for your laptop

  • Alarm clock

  • Speakers for your computer and/or a stereo

  • USB drive or portable hard drive

  • Blank media (CD-Rs or DVD-Rs)

  • iPod and headphones

  • Desk lamp

  • Power strip with many outlets. (surge protector)

  • Extension cord

  • Camera

  • Small fan and heater

  • Chargers

  • Batteries

  • 2/3 prong adapters.

  • TV

  • Cord for cable television

Bedroom Essentials

  • Bed sheets. (Extra Long Twin)

  • Blankets

  • Mattress pad (Memory foam can save lives)

  • Posters/pictures to decorate your dorm

  • Tacks/sticky tack

  • Storage containers

  • Hangers

  • Bulletin/white board

  • Post-It notes

  • Calendar/Planner

  • Pillows

School Essentials

  • Pens and pencils

  • Plenty printer paper

  • Notebooks

  • Paperclips

  • Index cards

  • Ruler and protractor

  • Stamps and envelopes

  • Folders/Organizer for returned papers/exams

  • Pencil sharpener

  • Stapler and staples

  • Highlighters

  • Scissors

  • Backpack

  • Calculator

  • Hole punch

  • Tape, both scotch and masking tape

  • Colored Pencils

Kitchen Needs/Manda’s unnecessities

  • Plastic bowls and cups

  • Coffee cup

  • Fork, knife, spoon

  • Can/bottle opener

  • Ziploc bags

  • dish soap

  • electric teapot

  • mini fridge

  • Toaster

  • Mixing bowls

  • Pot

  • Pan

  • Spatula/wooden spoon/etc

  • hot pads

  • cookie sheet


  • Bike

  • Bike lock

  • Umbrella

  • Sun block

  • Ice pack

  • Toolkit

  • Flashlight

  • Heat pad

  • Duster

  • Clorox wipes

  • Hangers

SCIENTIST DISCOVERS MUTANT GENE CAUSING ADVERSE REACTION BY CERTAIN DOG BREEDS TO DRUGS - “Mealey, a veterinarian and pharmacologist at WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, will receive a 2013 Women to Watch in Life Science Award for identifying why certain dog breeds suffer deadly drug reactions while others do just fine…”

Researcher Katrina Mealey of Washington State University has discovered that certain breeds in the herding group (Collies, Shelties, Australian Shepherds, etc.) are predisposed to having adverse reactions to certain drugs due to a gene mutation. Read more from WSU News:

In 2001, Mealey discovered a blip in a gene called MDR1 that predisposes herding dogs such as collies, shelties, Australian shepherds and Old English sheepdogs to react violently to a simple deworming pill. Until her discovery, veterinarians were aware that certain breeds – especially collies - were at risk for adverse reactions to the popular drug ivermectin that destroys heartworm, ear mites and numerous other parasites. Not long after entering the market in the 1980s, ivermectin became known as a super-weapon drug that protects animals and humans alike. But in a sliver of the vast dog world, veterinarians observed that something was amiss. While ivermectin would cure a poodle, it could kill a collie.   Knowing this, “veterinarians followed the adage, ‘White feet, don’t treat,’ but no one knew the ‘why’ behind it,” said Mealey.  "A hereditary component was suspected and so veterinarians wondered if it applied to other breeds as well.”   And it did. Leading a group of WSU researchers, Mealey pinpointed the MDR1 gene and in 2001 published the findings in the journal Pharmacogenics. Since then, she has found 12 other breeds that can carry the faulty gene.

Thanks to Mealey’s discovery, precautions can be taken to protect dogs in the herding group from drugs that do not agree with their biology. Click here for the full story.  Also, click here for the list of dog breeds affected by the gene mutation.


A puppy a day keeps the Cougars away!