Is the school exploring bringing Huntington to Arizona or Arizona to Huntington? The amount of dirt and debris on the mall this semester has made it look like Oklahoma after the 1930s Dust Bowl. Needless to say, the dirt has made parts of campus look unattractive.
Let’s start with the admissions’ parking lot. We’re all in favor of expansion and growth on campus, but let’s at least put up a sign saying “Pardon our dust.” The problem of dirt everywhere from the ongoing construction is compounded with the problem of the two giant dumpsters that provide homes to vermin that wait to eat until the Sodexo employees take out the trash at night. It is pretty sad when you have to ask yourself whether you prefer the sight of the dirt and mud during the daytime or the animals that have made their home in the parking lot dumpsters at night. The sight is very unappealing to not only current students, but also prospective students who are visiting for the first time.
Who wants to walk to class through a pile of dirt or go to a school where you must avoid dumpsters when pulling into a parking lot? This may seem superficial, but at the price tag that Huntington carries, appearance does matter. As students we should expect more from our university in keeping the campus clean.
Again, we understand that dirt and mud are consequences of the ongoing construction on campus. But it’s been there for an excessively long time given the fairly minimal amount of new construction that has actually appeared. Prospective students have a one-day glimpse of the campus and we do not want them to see the campus looking at its worse. There have been three months of dirt on the mall and the university has not made an effort to clean it up. Unless it’s cleaned up in the immediate future, it’s going to be buried under snow and rain for four months. At this rate, SAB should start making plans to call next year’s Powderpuff championship the “Mud Bowl.”
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