New North Hall faces structural issues

Residents of Gannon University’s North Hall were told Monday that they could no longer drink the new dorm’s water until further notice, due to contamination of the water.

According to Sher-Ron Jones, the resident director for North Hall, the university has requested proper water testing, which will take anywhere from 36 to 48 hours to get the results. Complimentary bottled water has been provided for the residents. “I appreciate the cooperation of the residents of North Hall,” Jones said.

Students and the Gannon community received an email Monday night stating that the water was not safe to drink, but it was safe to shower and use the bathroom.

The email stated that the university was trying to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

Alaina Miczikus, a freshman pre-med major, said  the problem was taken care of in a timely manner. “I was informed through email and a note on my door, and in the elevator.”

She didn’t like that she had to go to the Carneval Athletic Pavilion to shower and use the facility, though.

“It was cold out and it was an inconvenience to me,” she said.

Sarah Vogele, a freshman psychology and pre-physical therapy major, said she thought it was a nice that the North Hall staff brought two cases of water to her door.

She also said she appreciated the emails updating her. “They kept us well informed,” Vogele said.

Doug Zimmerman, the director of the Student Living Office, said there have also been some issues with swipe cards when people enter the floors.

He said the issue is being looked into. “Anytime you build a new building, you’re going to have things that need to be taken care of,” he said.

TRICIA THEISS

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