Memorial University of Newfoundland student Cassidy England is a resident in Shiwak Hall in the McPherson building. She states that her on-campus accommodation has several problems like “limited/no hot water, heating issues and other similar problems.”
England has filed many maintenance requests and complaints over the past weeks only to receive no response. She hopes that by going public, “some of these problems can be resolved or at least brought to attention.”
“In my room, the heater is falling off the wall, and in my shared bathroom, the toilet is detached from the wall. Which have both been reported,” says England.
She says that the water takes 10 to 15 minutes to heat up, and then it quickly turns cold again.
With regards to heating, England states, “there isn’t a good seal around the window, so there is a constant draft of cold air coming in, that also makes a whistling noise. When I turn the heat on, it doesn’t cut in for a long time after that, and the room/building is always very cold.”
England states that all these issues have been brought to the responsible Resident Assistant’s attention and filed properly under the residence portal, and nothing has been addressed.
Matt Barter is a fourth-year student in the Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty at Memorial University of Newfoundland, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Sociology. He enjoys reading thought-provoking articles, walks in nature, and volunteering in the community.