By Andrea Starr
Due to property destruction, Finlandia Hall’s third floor lounge has been closed for the past few weeks. Sometime between Friday, January 10 and Sunday, January 13, a hole was punched through one of the cabinets in Finlandia Hall’s third floor lounge.
According to Coordinator of Residential Life Leann Fogle, if the perpetrator of the damage does not come forward, everyone on the floor will share the charge for the repair. The damage, which looks like it could have been made by a fist, is a hole breaking through the lower middle of the cabinet door, and a crack splintering upward.
“We’re taking this seriously,” said Fogle. “It doesn’t happen very often and we want to keep it that way. Fogle said the policy of sharing expense for damage is listed in the student handbook. “Most universities have this practice because it’s dealing with shared space,” she said.
On the morning of Monday, January 14, when the cleaning staff reported for work, they reported the damage to campus security. Later that same day, the doors to the both the second third floor lounges were locked, and signs were posted explaining that the lounges would be closed until further notice.
This past Saturday, February 1, both lounges were unlocked for student use. Another sign was posted in the third floor lounge shortly after this, warning students about the policy of sharing the expense for repair. This sign disappeared within the course of a day, however. Additionally, a new sign went up on the elevator in Finlandia Hall warning students that if they trash the elevator, it too will be unavailable for student use.
“It really sucked when the lounges were closed,” said English major Jean Kincaid. I don’t understand why some people have to ruin things for the rest of us.”