Books not bets: Nevada casino hotel to serve as college dorm

University of Nevada, Reno officials have leased a downtown casino hotel tower for a year and turned it into a dorm for 1,300 students after a July 5 gas explosion shut down their two biggest residence halls. There's been less opposition than expected

RENO, Nev. -- Officials at the University of Nevada, Reno knew it was a bit of a gamble when they agreed to lease a downtown Reno casino hotel tower for a year and turn it into a college dormitory.

They expected some criticism but had less than six weeks to find rooms for 1,300 students after a July 5 gas explosion shut down their two biggest residence halls.

But with fall classes beginning Monday, school officials say there's been less pushback than anticipated to the unorthodox arrangement with Eldorado Resorts' Circus Circus, a half-mile from the main campus.

As of Friday, only 19 students remained on the list requesting reassignment from what's now called "Wolf Pack Tower."

Thirty of the 89 students who originally wanted out have changed their minds. About 40 have requested transfers in, and the list is growing.