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Travesty at ND

John Martell | Wednesday, February 3, 2010

By all accounts, Notre Dame is a relatively pricey school. However, tuition at least in theory can be justified by the education that we as students are receiving and the jobs that this education should provide (again this is in theory as I am a senior Finance major and thus far unemployed). The room and board is in excess of $10,000, which is more than it costs to attend a variety of schools in total. The food at the Dining Hall is fairly good if not occasionally repetitive. However, a real problem exists at least for some of us in the fine dormitory of Dillon Hall. While it’s not enough that our rooms are shoeboxes compared to some of the dorms on campus, residents of the third floor have to suffer the indignity of having only two working showers in one of the two bathrooms that service the floor. Dillon has roughly 300 men in it. If we can assume an equal division of people per floor, that means 100 guys have seven showers to choose from. As a rational person could imagine, that creates quite the logjam in the morning. This logjam, while a major inconvenience when an individually is fully able, is a nightmare when a person like say me has been on crutches until this point in the semester. Whether I choose to go to the bathroom on the other side or attempt to go down to the second floor, crutching while holding one’s towel up to avoid inadvertently flashing the cleaning ladies and carrying a shower caddy is an immense juggling act that I have nearly failed at numerous times. Though I have perhaps come at this point in a fairly roundabout way, to put it simply, Notre Dame this is ridiculous. A superintendent in any apartment that costs $10,000 for nine months out of the year would be fired if he/she was unable to resolve an issue over this length of time. Notre Dame should be held to no lower standard. For my money’s worth, I want to be able to shower with ease.


John Martell
Dillon Hall
Jan. 31