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Residence Life contemplates bringing back summer storage program

October 6th, 2011

The John Carroll University Office of Residence Life is currently looking into reinstating the summer storage program on campus.

This was prompted by a Student Union resolution that recommended residence life look into the matter.

“These are the issues we [Student Union] should be addressing,” said Student Union Vice President of Student Organizations Pete Hayden. “Having storage on campus would save students time and money.”

Lisa Brown, director of residence life, said this is something they are definitely looking into, but they are only in the beginning stages.

“We’re just in the process of looking into whether we can [bring the program back] and how it would work,” Brown said. “It’s a lot of exploring what makes sense [on campus].”

Hayden said now was a good time to introduce the resolution for residence life to look into and hopefully it can be in place as soon as this summer.

“The sooner we introduce the proposal, the sooner we can get it ready [for student use],” Hayden said.

The previous program was disbanded after the summer of 2009.

Brown said, “Space became an issue. We don’t have a lot of storage on campus as it is and we couldn’t accommodate requests.”

According to Brown, there were some students who did not pick up items they stored in a timely manner, which became a problem.

The program, run by the Residence Hall Association allowed students to store items such as refrigerators, rugs and futons on campus over the summer break. It was especially geared toward out-of-state students who found it more difficult to transport the items on and off campus each summer.

Students would pay a fee for the use of space depending on what items they stored. Students could store couches and futons for $25. Chairs, carpets, refrigerators and microwaves could be stored for $20. The items were kept on campus in the cranium of Murphy Residence Hall.

After residence life ended the program, it provided students with a list of area storage facilities and fees of each.

Brown said if the program is brought back, there would probably be a fee again. However, she does not yet know how the program would be structured if reinstated.

“We’re trying to look at it in a creative way,” said Brown.

She said the office is interested in seeing whether it can partner with another organization or group on campus, or even a student, to determine how to reinstate the program and structure it.

“We recognize it’s a need, it’s just about what is feasible on campus,” Brown said.