Students Reflect on Suites

Photo Credit / Adam Walker

Danielle Martin

Staff Writer

On a rainy Thursday, students expressed their views of the young dorms, Hemlock and Sycamore Suites. The incidents of past flooding have been all but forgotten according to students.

“Honestly, I’ve lived there for the entire time I’ve been here,” said Emily Cox a sophomore living in Sycamore Suites. “This is my second year of schooling. So I’ve lived there since the first day I’ve been here. It’s been a really pleasant experience. If there was ever an emergency, the RA’s and the RD know what they’re doing and they know how to handle it to keep us all safe.”

After opening their doors in 2017, the new suites suffered serious incidents. Fires and floods struck the floors and forced students to evacuate back in early 2018.

According to Cox, the RA’s handled the flooding “perfectly” and made sure everyone got out safe. 

Now in the spring of 2019, students see improvements to the dorm as well as fun activities. 

Veronica Harding, a junior living in Sycamore, said she doesn’t have any complaints about her the suite, expect for a water issue every now and then. 

“This morning if you turn on the shower, the water was brown,” Harding said. “It happens every now and again. But for the most part, it’s pretty great.” 

One student had more to say on the growing community thriving in the Hemlock suites. 

“Overall it’s been pretty cool. I hadn’t had any trouble adjusting,” said sophmore Tyrel Costu.  

Originally from NYC, he noted on the liveliness of student life. 

“It’s pretty vibrant too, they host parties every Saturday or Sunday and stuff like that.” Cotsu said he hadn’t experienced any water problems in the building. He’d been here since the 2018 fall semester. 

Amaya Renzulli a Freshmen, talked about the ability to connect with a diverse range of students.

“You live with a lot of upper class-men though so you don’t talk to people as a freshmen, but the experience is still there.”

One student commented on the lack of the water’s drinking quality. 

“I mean like, the water quality’s not the best like you could taste it obviously,” said John Mateo a sophomore. “Like when you get up and get a glass of water. I don’t think it’s that bad, you know?” 

But as for flooding, overheating or any serious hazards, these issues have been confronted. 

“It’s not bad,” Mateo added, “It’s very clean. People are nice like the staff and the desk [workers].”

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