EDITORIAL: Maintenance needs more workers 4

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.

The missing Baker 2nd door handle. (Photo by Breanna Amico)

The missing Baker 2nd door handle.
(Photo by Breanna Amico)

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.

The 2013-2014 Huntingtonian editorial staff

The 2013-2014 Huntingtonian editorial staff

4 thoughts on “EDITORIAL: Maintenance needs more workers

  1. Reply Brad Barber Nov 21,2013 12:28 pm

    I can’t say I disagree with this opinion, but I’m not sure I completely support it. Yes, there is more maintenance work than there are workers. However, in my three years there and small sample size of 3 total maintenance requests, I never waited more than 3 days for my request to be fulfilled. Also, last semester when the emergency light burned out its battery frequently on Miller 1st because of an unexplained constant shutting off the power to the floor lights, the maintenance workers seemed to always come and replace the battery within three school days. (Hint: unscrewing the bulbs is a better alternative).
    Again this is a small sample size. But maybe he problem is just efficiency? Also, keep in mind despite the fact that there seems to be an unending amount of work now (or at least that is what I gathered from this opinion), a properly run maintenance department always has work that needs to be done. You don’t want to hire x students to combat the problem completely, only to lay off the workers when there is no more work to be done (or, alternatively, pay them to do nothing). I agree that this situation needs more consideration by the administration, however I feel that there is insufficient facts and investigation presented to arbitrarily support this opinion.

  2. Reply Zeke Barber Nov 22,2013 4:24 pm

    I agree with the article. I put in a request at the beginning of the semester to have my lightbulb replaced and one of my under-bed drawers fixed (barely opens). They came a week later and replaced the light bulb. I was told that they would “need to completely rebuild the drawer unit and because of the time constraint, they’d have to get it later as they have too many requests on campus”. Wright Hall was also without an oven for the first seven weeks and was recently replaced. They took it out over the summer and never replaced it. Efficiency does not seem to be the problem, it seems to be the sheer volume of request both by President Emberton and the students.

  3. Reply Anonymous Dec 5,2013 4:36 pm

    Zeke…how about you stop complaining and find solutions to your problems instead of complaining. It doesn’t take much to replace a light bulb, why did you need maintenance anyways? Andy why do you need an oven? Go to WalMart and buy some simple microwavable items or go out to eat…

  4. Reply Megan Adams Dec 5,2013 4:37 pm

    Zeke…how about you stop complaining and find solutions to your problems instead of complaining. It doesn’t take much to replace a light bulb, why did you need maintenance anyways? Andy why do you need an oven? Go to WalMart and buy some simple microwavable items or go out to eat…

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