The Wayne State Residence Hall Association hosted a town hall featuring a panel of WSU officials to give students the opportunity to voice their concerns Oct. 8. The panel included officials from dining services and housing.
“It (the RHA Town Hall) is here for residents to get a direct link to officials on campus,” said Kamali Clora, a sophomore and an organizer of the event.
Michael Salsaa, a graduate student, said the washing machines in Chatsworth Apartments have been out of order for six months. Students are left to carry their laundry to the Helen DeRoy Apartments with each load of laundry requiring three visits.
“One to put it in the wash, one to put in the dryer and one to take it back,” Salsaa said.
Salsaa, who lives on ninth floor of Chatsworth, said water has started to leak into his room.
“It seems that they’ve broken something on the roof during renovations,” Salsaa said. “I have expressed my concerns to many people over email, but they have not responded.”
Shashwat Mishra, a graduate biology student, said he thinks there’s a disconnect between housing officials and residents.
“I feel that there is a lack of communication between housing and students,” Mishra said. “We send an email and get a selective response.”
The roof of Chatsworth will be replaced in November, said Brian Fitzgerald, associate director of auxiliary facilities. Students displaced by the construction will be given the option of relocating to another room in the building or moving to DeRoy temporarily.
WSU’s guest policy was another concern discussed at the town hall.
“My friends and my family come from outside the U.S. and it doesn’t seem fair that passports are taken at the front desk,” Mishra said. “It doesn’t make my guests comfortable when their passports are taken.”
WSU housing officials analyzed the housing policies of other urban institutions when drafting WSU’s guest policy and found that the institutions took guests’ ID’s as they entered the building, said Jeanine Bessette, director of housing and residential life.
“We want to make sure that buildings are secure,” Eric Reulle, community director of Anthony Wayne Drive Apartments, said. “While taking passports may be controversial, it is the current policy.”
Entering and exiting the building without stopping at the front desk creates security issues, Reulle said. There’s a risk that guest passes will be transferred to other people, giving them access to the building.
Recycling in residence halls was also a concern expressed by students during the town hall.
“I’ve been really disappointed with sustainability efforts,” said Stephanie Rogers, a master’s student. “Unless we take a united front when it comes to recycling, it’s not going to make an impact.”
Last year, WSU recycled 800 tons of material, according to the university’s website.
“Warrior Weekend is a prime time to teach students about recycling and where to place recycling,” Rogers said. “I’ve only seen recycling bins in the library where the higher ups are.”
Stuart Baum, Student Senate president, said that events like this town hall are important to hear and address students’ concerns.
“The more opportunity you give for interaction, the more things can change,” Baum said. “Most of the biggest changes come from events like this.”
Jack Filbrandt is arts and entertainment editor of The South End. He can be reached at email@example.com.