Conviently enough, the Rutgers daily newspaper, the Daily Targum, released an article today about students living in the Crowne Plaza hotel. There were quite a few things in this article that, while true, fail to mention the other side of the arguement from the Rutgers students who do not agree.
1. “Blimling said students are not paying any more for housing than they would on campus”: What the article fails to mention is that the students in the hotel are paying the same amount as a dorm room with a bathroom and that you can stay in over the winter break, and there is only one dorm like that. The dorm that is like that however, only has 5 floors, and 3 of those floors are reserved for freshman athletes. No where near the 500 students would get into this dorm, and therefore, we actually are paying more for housing.
2. “The University also provides a bus service for students, which includes two buses that will run from 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. seven days a week — but at a cost”: Okay, I get that the buses are expensive. But I don’t think Rutgers has any right to be complaining about the cost and need for more hotel shuttles. The reason I say this is that the school originally told us hotel students that we could park our cars for free at the hotel, which is still true, and that we would then have our choice of commuter parking passes for any campus. Come August however, when it was time to buy passes, the transportation offices claimed that they were no longer giving out passes for one of the campuses, and that we were not going to have our choice of campus. Now, I planned my entire semester’s class schedule based on where I wanted my parking pass. So you know what Rutgers, if you had kept to your plan, you would have made money from students buying parking passes and heard less of them bitch about the terrible bus commute.
3. “It’s a pretty nice place. They have very large room with a private bath and large screen, color TV,” Blimling said. “They have an indoor swimming pool, an outdoor swimming pool, a gymnasium [and] a sports bar. It’s not all that tough out there. And they get maid service. They have parking next to their building.” : While we do have all these ammenities, they don’t tell you the catches to alot of them. a) We have nice tv’s, but they do not have imput buttons for video games or dvd players, and the only way to get those hooked up is to get the electrician to come up and remove the back of the tv. So far, I don’t know anyone who has gotten their tv fixed. b) There is a bar, yes, but what the hell is the point of a bar when most of the students are sophomores and not even close to being 21. Not the best ammenity. c) There is maid service. Personally though, I don’t feel comfortable with people coming in and out of my room with all my personal items in it. So I have been cleaning my own room. But when every Thursday morning I have someone coming and knocking on my door to clean the room, I get really pissed. And I’ve requested them not to come three times. Until the front desk and cleaning service understand that I don’t want them in the room, I hate this service.
4. This isn’t in the article, but my god does it irritate the hell out of me. While we are now considered to be on campus, while we can’t possibly be any farther away, the hotel food services does not offer students any way to use a meal swipe. On top of that, the cafe service they had offered orginially for all three meals now only serves dinner, leaving students to have to go through the hotel restaurant, which automatically tips the waiters. I am not pleased about that because if the service wasn’t good, I may not want to leave a tip, but now I don’t have that choice. Also, the store that the hotel has takes our RU express cards, the student debt card. We get a discount because we are students, but we get a bigger discount if we pay in cash. I find this to be completely unfair because as students, most of our money is on our cards.
So, pretty much, I’m finding the hotel to be one of the biggest RU Screws I’ve experienced, and if you ask me, it really sucks that the school is failing to point out all that is annoying us. Way to go Rutgers, way to go….