Caroline Hall in Disrepair With Unreliable Utilities

Caroline Hall has begun to show signs of disrepair, in bathrooms as well as common areas like hallways, the laundry room, and the kitchen.  (Photo by Lara Southgate)
Caroline Hall has begun to show signs of disrepair, in bathrooms as well as common areas like hallways, the laundry room, and the kitchen. (Photo by Lara Southgate)
Many complaints have been filed about the condition of Caroline Hall, one of three co-ed dormitories on the St. Mary’s campus. According to Caroline residents, problems with hot water and the physical appearance of the building have been apparent for several months, and have not improved.

Erika Schmitt, a sophomore and a Caroline resident, explained that the water temperatures of the showers on her floor are unpredictable. She said, “Hot water for the showers is an on and off thing…at eight in the morning it’s hot, but later in the day it’s not.” She also said that “in the shower last semester, one of the ceiling tiles was missing…it was kind of weird.”

Despite a recent repair of one of the showers in Caroline by the maintenance staff, issues with the dorm still remain. Sophomore Adrienne Gordon a resident of Caroline, explained that she “ask[s] people how the water temperatures in the showers are every evening” to prepare herself for the possible rush of cold water.

In addition to complaints regarding shower water temperatures, several students have complained about the lack of hallway etiquette late in the evening and the poor state of the laundry room. According to Schmitt, “at two in the morning people run and scream down the hallways,” which disrupts studying and sleep.

Paul Christenson, a first-year and Caroline resident, stated that although he thought that many people were “over exaggerating the severity of the problem[s],” several improvements could be made to the laundry room, as one of the machines “leaks badly when used, [which puts] probably an inch of water right in front of the driers.” Also, “the microwave actually has a hole in the bottom of it now, so it can no longer be used, as there are radiation concerns.”

Despite recent repairs to individual shower stalls within the last three months and repairs to the boiler last summer, Caroline’s water issues and poor laundry room condition are still problems. According to Gordon, “Caroline Resident Assistants have put in work orders, but repairs have not yet been done,” and that despite the issues with the microwave and laundry room, “the biggest issue is with the inconsistent hot water.”

Even with the condition of Caroline, however, Schmitt expressed that she “like[s] the location and people of Caroline.” Christenson explained that although Caroline seems to be in bad shape, “the school should be primarily concerned with Calvert; [it] gets complained about more than anywhere on campus.”

Director of Residence Life Joanne Goldwater could not be reached for comment.

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