Baruch College focuses more on the physical appearance of the campus instead of the inside of its facilities and their maintenance.
The renovation that is currently taking place on the 25th Street Plaza and the installation of the Green Wall at the south entrance of the Newman Vertical Campus both aim to beautify the campus, yet the administration is not addressing actual problems within the school.
Both these additions to the campus are not an efficient use of Baruch’s funds and seem like a cash grab for big donations. Construction on the plaza is intended to include personalized pavers from alumni, staff and faculty that cost up to $1,250 each. They can also own green space by naming a planter, starting at $5,000, or by naming a bench for $10,000 in the plaza. The Green Wall is estimated to cost $15,000, with a yearly upkeep cost of $2,000.
Such vanity projects are a commendable act but highly unnecessary. The distribution of these funds can be spent on other things, like alleviating overcrowded classrooms, fixing broken desks, chairs and elevators, and exterminating the mice. These are all complaints and concerns that students often have about Baruch, and the college should be attending to the needs of its students first.
Certain classrooms have more students than there are seats available. Students should be able to have a seat since they are paying tuition to be in that specific class. On the flip side, in one of the Marketing 3000 classes, a prerequisite for entry into the Zicklin School of Business, there are about 70 students in a lecture room that can fit 400.
“Our professor is really old and it’s hard for him to speak in such a big room,” Anum Sheikh, a junior taking the class, said. “I don’t know why [the administration] would assign a lecture room of this size to such little students, when in other classes we have to get seats on a first-come, first-served basis.”
In addition to unfair distribution of students in classrooms, many rooms have broken desks and chairs that make it hard for students to write, and some rooms don’t have enough left-handed desks to accommodate each student who needs one. The lack of cohesion of the desks and chairs throughout the classrooms makes Baruch look disorganized.
Instead of worrying about the school’s exterior aesthetics, the administration should worry about how and whether the school actually functions on the inside.