With winter quickly approaching, school maintenance becomes more of a hassle with shoveling and salting the walkways and streets. The department is already stretched thin, and students will feel the effects of this during these upcoming months. Maintenance is understaffed and unable to quickly meet students’ needs.
As students living in the residence halls, we feel the effects of the short staff first hand. The washers and dryers break regularly in Wright Hall. Hardy toilets consistently clog. One Livingston Hall resident put in a maintenance request for a light bulb in her room, and it didn’t get replaced until ten weeks into the semester. Baker second has not had a door handle on their mall side door for over a year. Maintenance had all summer to replace it and never did. Even though the campus may look beautiful on the outside, it is sometimes a different story in the residence halls.
We realize that they cannot predict when things will break down, but as of right now, the department has six full time maintenance workers, not counting secretary and mailroom workers. Students assist with maintenance, but it is difficult for the whole department to meet requests in a timely and effective manner. With President Sherilyn Emberton’s push for a more maintained campus, adding more full time staff members and more student workers would make this a plausible reality. And, no, we’re not looking for volunteers. They need to be paid as well.
In the residence halls, maintenance jokes are a common thing. We know most of our requests won’t be granted anytime soon after we put them in. This needs to change. One solution would be adding more maintenance workers that can effectively meet students’ needs. With more workers, we may have a more beautiful campus inside and outside the dorms to actually maintain.