Students living in residence halls on UNC’s campus have come across unlikely surprises in their ice machines — bugs.
And their complaints have pushed the Residence Hall Association (RHA) to take action.
At Tuesday’s Student Congress Finance Committee meeting, RHA requested $4,800 for two new ice machines, replacing the machine in Kenan Community and the third-floor machine in Hinton James Residence Hall.
“We don’t usually come to student government for grant requests, but our residents have actually brought up a big concern for us, and we don’t have enough funds,” RHA Executive Treasurer Candice Zhou said.
"So we are asking for your partnership in helping us to solve this problem.”
Each new ice machine costs $2,991. RHA would pay the remaining $591 per machine plus delivery costs.
The new machines would affect 1,631 students living in these residence halls. Student Body Treasurer Brittany Best said the cost — amounting to about $2.94 per student — is worthwhile because of the number of students who will benefit from it.
“I’m all about encouraging people to love living on campus," she said.
A flier distributed by RHA at the meeting explained that missing ice scoopers had led students to use other implements to collect ice, including bare hands. This might have contributed to the bugs.