There are a lot of smells that could make a student living in on-campus housing not want to go home.
A roommate’s funky culinary extravaganzas, incense that smells like a smoke shop and the overwhelming, wafting scent of a roomie’s cologne or perfume choice can be daunting for some.
But there are two smells all people can whole-heartedly agree are bad: poop and mold.
For those living in Main Apartment Complex 2 or 4, they were greeted with one of those two smells for several days.
It’s true that maintenance responded in a timely manner to both of those incidents.
Anyone speaking to Jodi Inman, associate director of housing, or Tom Sternburg, interim director of maintenance and operations, would quickly come to the conclusion that the men were aware of the problems and quickly worked to solve them.
That is appreciated and commendable.
But what were MAC residents supposed to do about the smell?
Inman suggested students contact their resident adviser or resident coordinator about the smell in the carpet caused from the leaks. The adviser should then contact housing maintenance to fix the problem.
But that’s not what happened.
Where did the breakdown in communication happen?
Were the students to blame for not taking the initiative to complain about the smell? Were the advisers to blame for not keeping track of the status of leaks in building they’re responsible for? Was maintenance to blame for not following up or failing to leave students instructions for caring for the carpet when they know mold can develop?
Perhaps blame can be distributed to all these people.
But one thing is for sure: for the sake of future residents, there should be a system in place involving maintenance, housing and students that keeps a line of communication open for financial, ecological and general wellbeing.