Op-ed: Enforcing hallway expectations will improve living conditions for students

by Walker John

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For incoming freshmen, the transition into college means facing a lot of drastic changes: new friends, new environment, and a new home. As exciting as it can be to live somewhere new, it also means sharing a hallway with multiple strangers.

Ending up with bad hall-mates is very likely in your first year at Franklin Pierce. Freshman Chris Danksewics can attest to this.

“At first, I just had to deal with the people in my hallway being loud late in the night,” Danksewics said. “As the semester went on, they started trashing the bathroom every weekend. It just kept getting worse and worse.”

Over winter break, room and hallway inspections introduced the freshmen to a multitude of fines. Many of these fines were a result of poor bathroom conditions, which means even those who aren’t responsible must pay the price of their neighbors’ actions.

For Danksewics, hallway conditions during second semester have already been worse than the first. The bathroom has been constantly vandalized with things such as blood, food, and trash. Residential Life also took note of this, organizing a mandatory floor meeting. During the meeting, they told the students that this was the worst hallway out of the entire school. Shortly after, the fines rolled in and Danksewics received over two pages of charges for things he did not take part in.
There isn’t any way to tell who is responsible for these actions, so the reasoning behind the fines is understandable. However, when it reaches this extreme level, as it has for Danksewics, something needs to be done. Although it is possible to appeal the fines, students should not have to deal with that every single weekend.

Instead of simply punishing the entire hallway, for the negligent actions of certain individuals, Community Assistants should organize more meetings with the students of their assigned hallways, and they should be more adamant about community expectations. They should also encourage witnesses to speak up and consult with them in private. Holding the correct students accountable for heinous behavior will create a better living situation for students, and will help make Franklin Pierce feel more like a home.

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