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Damaged Goods

By Andrea Starr

vandalism photoDue 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.”

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3 Responses to Damaged Goods

  1. Rabble-Rouser Reply

    February 13, 2014 at 2:38 am

    That’s a little ridiculous. If anything give a mandatory seminar on….something….it’s pretty much extortion to charge students for something that one person did. Of course you aren’t going to find out who the perpetrator was! For the cost of tuition at the school I think there is money that could go around to help fix a cheap piece of wood! What about how it’s 20 degrees when we’re taking exams in the classroom and old heating systems force some classes to be moved to vacant rooms during testing periods. Not to mention that none of the school is up to federal code for students with disabilities…

  2. Rabble-Rouser Reply

    February 13, 2014 at 2:43 am

    Multiple professors that I’ll leave nameless believe that the lack of up-keep to the campus is unacceptable…With that being said.. Where is the money going with a student body of 500 and 300 athletes??

  3. Andrea Starr Reply

    February 16, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    At the last Q&A session with president Johnson, students brought up their concerns for facilities and technology on campus. This needs to continue! The only way things will get better around campus is if students speak up!
    As for the money coming from students for the repairs, Leann Fogle (coordinator of residential life) says that according to our student handbook, Finlandia has the right to charge students for any damages to Finlandia Hall property if their is no confession or incriminating evidence found against the culprit. However, once the expenses for the damages are divided among the residents of the third floor, each student will probably only owe about $1-$3 each.

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