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Faulty sprinklers and messy mold can't go unnoticed

After the sprinkler system malfunctioned in Roberts Hall, students want to know what went wrong and how the problem will be fixed (Northern Review Photo/Nathan Grizenko).

After the sprinkler system malfunctioned in Roberts Hall, students want to know what went wrong and how the problem will be fixed (Northern Review Photo/Nathan Grizenko).

There is something that all students can agree on: early morning fire alarms are terrible. They are even worse when the incident is real and not some student thinking it would be funny to wake up everybody.

That is what happened when the fire alarm went off in the early morning of April 2. The entire sophomore dormitory halls were jolted awake and alarmed when told something real was going on; it was not a prank.

We later found out that the sprinklers went off in Roberts Hall, flooding many of the rooms. I felt bad for the people it affected because they had to be relocated. It was such bad timing, too. Many students have final exams coming up, and I’m sure many of them had assignments due. I heard some students' laptops were completely ruined. 

I respect Physical Plant and all they do. I know that ONU could not function without them. I have some questions, however. Why did the sprinklers go off? Were they backed up, or did someone break one?

This was not the only problem in the Lima Complex. Mold was found in some of the rooms earlier this year. I was told that although the mold was huge, it was simply covered with paint. I also know that a student got sick from the mold. I wondered if a student overlooked the mold or if it wasn’t seen by anybody who checked the room.

It makes me wonder how much the University checks the rooms and the buildings. Are they inspected every year? Every two years? Or, are they not inspected and only checked on when a problem arises? Students should know this information; they shouldn’t have to worry about their laptops being ruined or being moved to a different room because the sprinkler system has not been checked or the rooms were not checked for mold.

Physical Plant has a tough job, and Residence Life is extremely busy. I am not attacking them or insulting them. I just wish to have the information, and I am sure some students would appreciate it, as well. If the information is already out there, where is it? I respect both teams, and I appreciate what they do for the students, but something needs to change. There have been too many problems in such a short amount of time.

I love ONU, and staying here has helped me make friends that will last a lifetime. I know ONU does everything for its students. I appreciate Residence Life and Physical Plant because when someone brought bed bugs back to school from home, Residence Life and Physical Plant made sure we were taken care of, so I truly appreciate what they do. I just hope nothing like this happens again.