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Baruch Residence Hall needs to improve living conditions

The Baruch College Residence Hall located at 1760 Third Avenue has been known for its flaws, but recently it has reached a new level of gross. Despite having to pay between $6,000 and $7,000 per semester for either a triple or a double room, students are realizing that the basic amenities often do not work.

This winter saw many days go below freezing, yet the students who stayed in the dorm had to cope with having no heat. The problems do not stop there. Many of the students, including Ticker members who reside at the dorms, experienced flooding, a ceiling that was falling apart and the presence of silverfish insects in their bathrooms.

When a student experiences a problem in their dorm room, they are told to submit a work order. This seems logical, except for the fact that the work orders are often ignored or delayed. When chunks of the ceiling are falling onto one’s bed or the toilet is not flushing, one would obviously want it to be fixed immediately. Nevertheless, it takes approximately a week or two for a work order to be processed. Often, students submit more than one work order for the same recurring issue.

There are issues in the communal kitchens as well. The kitchen opens at 6 a.m. and closes at 12 a.m. Some kitchen staff members frequently come to clean the kitchen earlier than midnight, which inconveniences the residents. The students have until midnight to cook, clean and eat, but when the staff insists that they leave, it impedes on one of the amenities that was guaranteed to the students when they registered for the dorms.

Just recently, there have been complaints brought to The Ticker‘s attention of a staff member acting out against the students. When the staff member walked into the kitchen prior to closing, he started yelling at the residents to get out. In what seemed like an act of anger, he started to shove the residents’ cooking supplies aside. It is unacceptable that this kind of behavior is tolerated in the dorms, a place that students are paying to live in.

Either way, the students who reside in the Residence Hall are typically students who are out of state, international or live too far to commute to school on a daily basis. Coming to New York, the students may expect to live with better conditions considering the amount they pay per semester. The basic amenities, such as heat and air conditioning, should be functioning, and the staff should be consistent when enforcing the dorm rules.

May 3, 2018

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