University Botox: Are Looks What Really Matter?

By Kaleigh Cortez, News Editor–

If you happen to walk or drive on the south side of campus, you may notice that a number of dorms have received paint jobs over the past few months.

It appears to be a nice face-lift. Revive the old, run-down looking campus housing to make college a home away from home, right?

It is an opposite story inside.

Students are struggling with apartment doors that don’t lock, ovens that don’t heat up, and dryers that don’t dry clothes even after going through the cycle three times.

Some of these issues may seem mundane, or just a side effect of university housing. But students are shelling out thousands upon thousands each semester to live in a dorm, many of whom have no other choice.

Students haven’t been asking for new paint. They’ve been asking to feel safe in their dorm and enjoy the amenities they were promised.

This seems to be a common theme across campus. There is construction on every turn of campus, but how much is it really improving? And how much of it is really needed right now?

Walkways near the library were redone to be more aesthetically pleasing instead of updating a dilapidated gymnasium nearby, a gym where wrestlers have won state titles.

The ARC repainted many features on the aquatics side, disregarding students’ pleas for longer hours.

Lupton Library was renovated to bring in more offices. Students hardly use the new space other than to eat lunch at Freshens.

Time and time again, the University seems to miss the mark. They are not listening to what their students want to see done. They don’t seem to focus on what truly needs to be done first.

Most of these updates only improve the outside image. They make good photos for the website.

I understand that image is important for a university. It brings in donors and attracts prospective students.

But at what point can we make the distinction between beautification of the campus and making better decisions to best improve the school for its current students?

We need to focus more on the reception of the students, and less on the perception of outsiders.

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