After only two months of being open for students, the dorms at UMass Boston are off to a rough start. Falling elevators, water spraying toilets, paper thin walls and lax security are just some of the complaints filed by students. According to the Boston Globe, Katherine Newman, UMass Boston’s interim chancellor said via statement to the Globe, “Nothing is more important than feeling safe and comfortable. At the same time, no system is perfect, and no new facility is devoid of glitches — and we take these and all concerns seriously.”
After the Globe’s article was published on Monday, UMass Boston students did received an email from Newman stating the problems would be fixed quickly. Newman also went on to state that she would be holding Capstone Development responsible for the issues. Capstone Development built the $120 million residence hall and is also in charge of the operation of the dorms. Student room and board fees go to Capstone, not to UMass
Hopefully these issues will be fixed ASAP – we shall see!
Maureen Dahill is the editor of Caught in Southie and a lifelong resident of South Boston sometimes mistaken for a yuppie. Co-host of Caught Up, storyteller, lover of red wine and binge watching TV series. Mrs. Peter G. Follow her @MaureenCaught.
2018: “We have been tweaking this from day one,” Vice-Chancellor of Student Affairs Gail Disabatino said. “There are just natural things that happen when you develop a new program and yet we don’t want that to overshadow the fact that students are having a positive experience.”
2014: Gail DiSabatino, Clemson University vice president for student affairs, is out after eight years on the job, and her predecessor, Almeda Jacks, is returning on an interim basis, according to the university.
No reason was given for the sudden change in leadership.
The action comes as authorities say an investigation into the death of Clemson student Tucker Hipps is nearly complete, amid allegations of fraternity hazing. Overseeing fraternities is part of the vice president for student affairs job.