By: Sarah Rance
NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y. – While no residence hall is perfect, they should be expected to follow certain standards. One of these standards should be giving students the appropriate means to feel comfortable and welcomed in their buildings. Dorms serve as temporary homes for students and therefore should make the student feel as at home as they can possibly be.
At the beginning of this semester, Niagara University President James J. Maher, C.M. sent an email out to all students regarding updates made throughout campus. Replacing the furniture in O’shea Hall was one of these updates. So everything should be good then, right? Wrong.
Unfortunately, the furniture is still a problem in some of the dorms here at Niagara University. For example, the sight of the fifth-floor lounge of Seton Hall is pitiful. Chairs are ripped open or missing their cushions. Desks meant to be in the dorm rooms are scattered around in such a way that one can barely walk through the lounge. The poor condition of the furniture most likely did not occur in the first month of the fall semester, meaning that freshman students probably moved into a dorm that had a lounge with furniture fit for a dumpster.
While not all lounges contain furniture in this awful of a condition, their furniture isn’t the best. Take Seton’s fourth floor for example, which has chairs that have the arms ripped, exposing the wood and foam beneath. Not to mention some lounges are worse than others because the furniture is different for each floor. So while one floor may have a decent couch and three chairs, the one above it might not have any couch at all and two chairs that are in bad shape.
Gradual wear and tear is to be expected, but when is the call made to replace the furniture? Surely some of the furniture is far beyond that point. In fact, some of it is so bad it is useless. The furniture is already falling apart, how much further does it need to go? In my opinion, a lot of the furniture needs replacing. Students should be able to consider their lounge as a comfortable place for them to relax, study or socialize. Instead, it is a place that is far from welcoming and the poor condition of the furniture plays a major role in that.
However, this is not the sole job of the residence life administrators. Students must also play a role in preserving the furniture they are given. A floor’s lounge is not a private space, it is shared among all residents on each floor. Therefore, students should respect their fellow floormates by not destroying furniture.