Aren’t ‘Perks’ supposed to be a positive incentive?
With all of the modern campuses being caught up in the amenities arms race, it would be hard to blame any freshman for expecting a cushy suite and flat screen TV.
Most colleges have a residence hall or two that you will not see on the campus tour and they are the ones that look like the dorms of olden days.
Actually, they are the old dorms from back in the day. They were built in the middle of the last century or older than that and they have survived to the dismay and shock of new freshman with their cinder-block aesthetic and dingy common rooms, air conditioning is a luxury from a long distance away.
The bathrooms are few, crowded and nasty
There are the compensations though. Older dorms happen to be the cheapest and cramped quarter’s foster friendships, according to the students. But does that actually stop the freshmen from anticipating new lodgings with the New Year coming up.
When Alexis Block was moving into Hill last fall, her father stated that it looked like the same one he was in during the 1980’s. She stated that it wasn’t something you wanted to hear.
A brick type of fortress that happens to be surrounded by a moat, the Hill was designed in the 1950’s by Eero Saarinen. The rooms are narrow and small and some of the first floor windows have bars on them. It can be quite hot in the early fall with the air conditioning over the next few years, the website warns freshmen to bring fans.
The incoming Penn freshmen prefer to stay at Quadrangle, the century old Gothic Tudor complex that is made of all graceful courtyards and masonry curlicues. When most of your friends live in the Quad, and they are talking about how comfortable it is, all you can think about is how you sweat all night and it’s like Hill really sucks according to Alex Kaplan, who lived at Hill for the last academic year and he still insists that he loved it.
The Quad which is made up of three houses, has its own flaws. It is leaky, and old according to Jacob Kahn, who spent last year there, stated it was also infested with vermin including pink, long insects which he had never seen before. Well, I would figure that at least the windows would be hurricane proof if there were any hurricanes in the area…we think!
The university is building a new dorm, a $95 million, 12 story complex on the Iowa River with a dining hall, clusters of private bathrooms, gym, and it is to be completed in 2017. Before it opens, Iowa will demolish one of their oldest dorms, which happens to be a low brick building that was created in World War I as barracks, but now houses freshman who consider themselves quite unlucky. According to Riley Coyle, it smells like it’s a hundred years old and it’s a mixture of old people and mildew.
There is virtually no water pressure, when the plumbing is working. Cockroach sightings are normal and Coyle’s bed is just an arms length from her roommates. She is happy to just have one roommate because some house four people. She calls it the aesthetic of the insane asylum.