Cold showers too often the norm in ASL

Apartment Style Living (A. Nicole Williams)
Apartment Style Living (A. Nicole Williams)

By A. Nicole Williams

It was a typical day after class — until she went to the bathroom.

On Thursday, Feb. 7, Kia Trowery returned to her room in Apartment-Style Living, longing for a hot shower after a day of classes and a visit to the gym.    But after she went into her bathroom, she discovered that there would be no shower on this occasion.

When she turned the water on, it was freezing.

“I couldn’t believe it,” said Trowery. “They could have warned us or something. It’s like 20 degrees outside and the water had the nerve to be that cold.”

Between the hours of 3 p.m. and 12 a.m., there was no sign of hot water. Unfortunately, this was not the first time that the residents of the ASL went through this. There have been quite a few mornings that students had to go without showering before classes or simply missed class because of these circumstances.

Matt Muscella of the Physical Plant department stated that failure of water heaters are simply common in all communities.

“The biggest cause of this is mainly due to hot water pumps failing in the mechanical rooms of the dorms,” said Muscella. “The mechanical systems, underground piping, and above ground piping on campus are becoming out-dated and from time to time you will have these situations come up,” he added. “Keep in mind, these systems fail unexpectedly and Physical Plant is always working hard to get these ongoing issues resolved in a quick and timely manner. We are working diligently to get these systems upgraded as soon as possible.”

Other students had to take “extreme” measures and travel to other dormitories for hot water.

“I had to go all the way to the (Living Learning Center) to shower,” said Dominique Hughes. “Before doing that, I marched right on down to the (Resident Coordinator’s) room to see what was going on and of course he wasn’t in there.”

Jonathan Harris, the Resident Coordinator of ASL had no control over what was going on with the hot water.

“The only thing students and myself can do when things like that happen is wait it out,” Harris said. “I will try to get in contact with physical plant next time to let them know that I’d like to better inform my residents about these occurrences,” he added.

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  1. I understand that “[i]t’s not a two minute job,” but I don’t see a reasonable excuse for a dormitory to go without hot water for nine hours without any warning. Water heater failures happen, however it shouldn’t be happening as often as it has in the past and is currently happening. In addition, ASL residents pay extra to live there. I’m sure no one would like to go without hot water at any time, but especially not when they’re paying extra to live in comfort.


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