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Where's Campus Maintenance When You Need It?

By Vincent Smith
On April 12, 2010

  • Canada goose resting. Photo by Tamika Daniel

Where is campus maintenance when you need it? SUNY Old Westbury could definitely improve the campus grounds in which the students walk on, live on, and drive on. During the snow months, there was hardly any parking because of unplowed snow. On the walk path to the academic village there is geese poop that does not get cleaned up. The trees in the campus center parking lot could use seasonal trimming. There are certain areas of the campus ground which become greatly humid and wet which leave muddy areas for students to slip and fall. Also, there should be working street lamps on the campus road that leads out to Route 107 (Cedar Swamp Road), because it is difficult to drive on that road during dark hours.

During the months of January and February, the snow was unbearable for students, especially for the commuter students. One thing that was not fun was to see an empty parking lot full of unplowed snow. This was a problem for most commuters, because for these students it was hard to find available, cleared parking spaces. As a result, commuters created their own parking spaces by blocking road area in the parking lot which made the parking lot very narrow and more prone to car accidents and fender benders. Another problem during the snow days was the unplowed snow in walkways and staircases in the campus center parking lot, which made it very difficult for one to navigate one's way through the parking lot. During these snow months Old Westbury's parking lot became a life size maze to go through.

Every now and then when walking to class there is usually that green poop on the walkway paths between buildings. A perfect example of this is the path from the Student Union to the Academic Village. These scattered green, geese-poops should be cleared from the walkways, because some students might be wearing a nice, new, expensive pair of footwear and don't want it to get messy or smelly.

Even though it might not seem so important, but another maintenance issue that should be addressed is the seasonal trimming of the trees on the campus. Actually, they are not really trees, they are more like branches. On the sidewalk areas, there is usually that one tree branch that sticks out so far into the walk path that it could be dangerous if one's not looking and bumps into it. This issue takes place in the parking lots as well, because a number of these trees and branches are tilting and leaning over so much that they look like they are going to break and fall onto parked cars. Students wouldn't be fond of the thought that a tree could of, and might of fallen on there car. Seasonal trimming of these trees and branches would be great maintenance upkeep for Old Westbury.

Ever notice when walking around the campus outside of classroom buildings, that there are those muddy, little dirt areas on the ground? This is a problem because students could slip or fall if they are not paying attention to where their feet are stepping. Repaving or clean up of these walk ways would be essential to prevent the hazard are someone slipping, or falling into a pit. Placing woodchips in these areas could work to keep these slippery areas on the ground a little dryer. 

One more issue that should also be addressed at Old Westbury is the non-working street lamps that are on the campus road which leads out to Route 107, Cedar Swamp Road. For commuters leaving Old Westbury in the evening or at night it is quite difficult to see when driving. There are streetlamps are this road, but they are not working. Old Westbury should do something about these streetlamps and make them work, because students walk and jog on that campus road in the evening and in the night. Plus, the night driving vision of commuter students would be greatly improved if those street lamps were working.

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