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By Vaidik Trivedi
Warning: May contain graphic imagery that may make viewer uncomfortable.
We all have complained about many things that are not up to a student’s satisfaction at this university. As a student, we always have some pointers on which the university should act and make our student life less miserable. Here are five things that should be improved on Stony Brook University’s campus.
Imagine having a hard day, struggling with your assignments and trying to keep up. What a student wants after a battle with studies is a good, delicious meal. But, to their dismay, we are offered food which is uncooked, watered down juices and salad leaves which are turning brown by the minute. Not to mention, rock hard bread, smelly poultry and not even a nice variety of cereals to pick from, because well, there is nothing to eat.
2. Clean Washrooms
Perhaps what irritates me the most, is when I have to wake up in the middle of the night to use the restroom. And even more so, when you see the “leftovers” of the previous washroom user, it makes me want to puke my guts out. But what really makes me cringe are that those unholy leftovers stay there for days altogether. Despite the RA’s posters which urge students to clean up after themselves and to ‘aim properly,’ the washrooms are always a sight of hell on earth. The university should make an effort to clean the washrooms on a regular basis. This is just basic hygiene requirements.
3. Better Facilities to Go Off Campus
Stony Brook University is one of the most isolated and dead campuses I have seen. There are next to no shops near the campus and only two ways to access off campus areas (i.e. the LIRR or the Suffolk Bus Transit). The buses are never on time and only have one destination for students to go to– the Smith Haven Mall. There used to be Zipcars on campus but were removed for no apparent reason (upon personal investigation). On a campus as dead as this one, not being able to go out or do anything, it can drive a person a bit nuts. The university should make off-campus location more accessible to students who do not have cars.
4. Better Recreational Facilities
Finding a pool table on campus residence is not difficult. Finding a pool table which is not crooked, or a straight pool stick is next to impossible. There are many pool tables which have been out of condition for years, and no one pays heed to it. Many other recreational facilities like the squash court have been left unattended for years that now the plaster is falling off the walls. The university should maintain its recreational facilities for students to release their stress out.
5. Laundry Rooms
“You can never have clean laundry in this university,” a friend of mine said. “It’s a paradox.” The question is, why is he saying this? Usually, one or two washing machines are always out of order, and do not get fixed for a while. Sometimes, water drips for weeks on end and creates a flood. In the end, it becomes more of a war to do laundry than actually an annoying chore.