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Wednesday March 3rd

Letter: ​Construction is more than an annoyance


I wanted to add to a point made in a recent article entitled “First-years start petition to show their annoyance with construction at Ehringhaus.” While I appreciate the exposure to our so called annoyance, I feel that our message has been somewhat misrepresented. We are not merely “annoyed.” Housing is a service just like all the other services that we pay for here at UNC. Considering that, one of the major parts of the service we pay for is to have a space that we can call our own, a place to study and to sleep. That hasn’t been fulfilled for sixth floor Ehringhaus residents to the same extent as it has for residents who pay exactly the same price.

Perhaps we could be more understanding if the construction was urgent or unavoidable, but as it was explained to us, this is routine maintenance. This begs the question, why couldn’t this routine maintenance take place over the summer when the building was mostly empty?

Annoyance is a big part of our first-year housing experience, but it is legitimized by the fact that poor planning has denied us of some of the basic parts of the services that we pay for, and there has been no sort of reparation for that.

From everyone who is exasperated in Ehringhaus, warmest regards.

Jack Watson



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