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The Blackshear family sitting in their apartment in Trinity Dorm on East Campus. From left to right: Aiyana, John, Amoli, Andwele, Kimberly and Aza.

Meet the Blackshears, the FIR family with an 'open door'

Raising four young children in a freshman dorm isn’t exactly typical. For John Blackshear, the faculty-in-residence in Trinity dorm, it has meant befriending students, serving as their mentors and talking philosophy. It has also meant humoring drunk students and making sure they don’t wake the children at night.