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Students deem residence halls unclean

September 13th, 2012

A few weeks ago, students eagerly moved onto campus to start the new school year, but a few were met with unpleasant surprises when they got there. According to Student Union reports, many students were unhappy with the condition of their rooms on move-in day.
“The main concerns have been related to the cleanliness of a resident’s room on move-in day. There were some concerns raised about the Millor elevator being broken on move-in day as well,” said Student Union president Greg Petsche.
According to Petsche, reports have been made that rooms were not thoroughly cleaned when students got there. There have also been complaints about resident hall bathrooms not having any paper towels.
According to Lisa Brown, the director of residence life, if students had complaints, they did not report them to the proper authorities.
“In comparison to other years, the number of complaints we have received has been limited. The maintenance and housekeeping staffs worked hard during the summer months to prepare the buildings for move-in.  However, with over 1,000 rooms on campus to prepare, something may have been missed,” said Brown.
Brown also commented on the paper towel situation. “The paper towel dispensers in most bathrooms have been replaced with hand dryers,” she said. “The hand dryers are energy efficient and reduce the waste of the paper towels.”
Regardless of the current state of the residence halls, Student Union and Res Life both have plans to improve the living conditions on campus. Student Union plans to exercise their role as the voice of the student body at a meeting with JCU staff members.
“Student Union’s Residence Life & Facilities Committee will be setting up a meeting with the respective staff and administrators to discuss [the conditions of the dorms] in the near future. We are always looking for ways to improve the living conditions for students,” said Petsche.
Res Life, as many students know, has been extremely busy arranging new renovations to dorms.
“Millor received new paint, carpet and furniture this summer. [And] Murphy will undergo a major renovation during the 2013-2014 academic year,” said Brown. “The residence halls are a priority for the University and future improvements will occur as resources permit.”
Brown stated that Hamlin recently had a new fire alarm installed and as well as additional common area lounge. The furniture has also been moved around in the rooms of Campion and Hamlin Halls.

Petsche stressed the responsibility not only of the university staff, but of each student to improve the quality of the residence halls.

“Keeping the University aware of the conditions is imperative. Reporting the issue to your Resident Assistant will allow the situation to be remedied fairly quickly. A student could submit a work order as well. The most important thing is to tell your Resident Assistant so he or she can work with Facilities and residence life to remedy the situation,” said Petsche.

 

Petsche and Brown both emphasized that if students have an issue with their living conditions, they must report it to their RA or fill out a work order if they would like to see it fixed. summer months to prepare the buildings for move-in.  However, with over 1,000 rooms on campus to prepare, something may have been missed,” said Brown.

Junior Alyssa Giannirakis explained that when she moved in her room, it was one that was not properly cleaned.

“When I walked in, there was a pile of dust and dirt on the floor that needed picked up and there were empty bottles in the recycling bin,” said Giannirakis.
Brown also commented on the paper towel situation. “The paper towel dispensers in most bathrooms have been replaced with hand dryers,” she said. “The hand dryers are energy efficient and reduce the waste of the paper towels.”
Regardless of the current state of the residence halls, Student Union and Res Life both have plans to improve the living conditions on campus. Student Union plans to exercise their role as the voice of the student body at a meeting with JCU staff members.
“Student Union’s residence life and facilities committee will be setting up a meeting with the respective staff and administrators to discuss [the conditions of the dorms] in the near future. We are always looking for ways to improve the living conditions for students,” said Petsche.
Res Life, as many students know, has been extremely busy arranging new renovations to dorms.
Brown stated that Hamlin recently had a new fire alarm installed as well as an additional common area lounge. The furniture has also been moved around in the rooms of Campion and Hamlin halls.
Petsche stressed the responsibility not only of the University staff, but of each student to improve the quality of the residence halls.
“Keeping the University aware of the conditions is imperative. Reporting the issue to your resident assistant will allow the situation to be remedied fairly quickly. A student could submit a work order as well. The most important thing is to tell your resident assistant so he or she can work with Facilities and Residence Life to remedy the situation,” said Petsche.
Petsche and Brown both emphasized that if students have an issue with their living conditions, they must report it to their RA or fill out a work order if they would like to see it fixed.