This archived article was written by: Karli Morris
Internet services at USU Eastern’s residential units were listed as poor, as well as the enforcement of visitation hours, according to a fall 2011 survey of residential life residents. The survey asked questions about students’ experiences on campus, housing, activities and food. They were asked to agree, disagree or remain neutral to a series of questions about campus life.
Most students agreed that they would recognize their hall director if they passed in the hall, however, students seemed less comfortable actually talking to their hall director about issues or concerns. Most students seemed more comfortable in going to their RA (resident advisor) with problems.
Word was getting out about hall activities with responses of “agree” and “strongly agree”, although most students said that they do not actually attend such events. When asked to give ideas for what activities they would like to see in their halls students suggested more parties and more food.
When the survey asked how life at residence hall could be improved most said that they dislike having visitation hours and that they feel like they are still being treated like children with a curfew. Others complained that they don’t think a person’s body should be considered an open container and that the internet services were poor. Others thought life in residence hall was great and that nothing could be changed to improve their experience.
Students were satisfied when it came to dining services staff being clean and courteous. The topic of the food served wasn’t given such a good review. While some still “strongly agree” that “the overall quality of food served is excellent,” many others selected “disagree” and “strongly disagree.”
When the survey prompted comments on how dining services could be improved, most suggested better food quality and more variety, not certain food being offered a certain day of the week, every week. Other comments included, more seating by the Golden Grille and more meals offered on a meal card, or go back to a monetary value instead of by meal.
Coordinator of Residenctial LIfe, Blaney Hanvey, said, “Residential Life Policies and Procedures are designed to promote academic success, student safety, and provide a comfortable living environment to students.”