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Recent Suggestions

November 2014

 

SUGGESTION:

• Private study rooms

ACTION:

We are looking into potential private study rooms in Dammann and Tenney. There were spaces designated for this use years ago, but may have been taken over for storage. We’re exploring repurposing them as student spaces.


SUGGESTION:

• Grilled meat should be available every day on the dinning

ACTION:

Chartwells heard your request and they now provide grilled chicken and chicken cutlets every day in the deli case. There is also grilled chicken available at the salad bar. Upon request, grilled chicken or burgers grilled to order are available behind the grill for lunch and dinner as well.


SUGGESTION:

• Please consider commuters when determining if school should be cancelled or delayed. It isn’t fair when every school district in the area around the school is closed and commuters are FORCED to risk their lives and cars to come to class for fear of falling behind so early in the semester.
• Canceling and closing the College once everyone has made it to class or work is unacceptable.
• As a commuter, I need ample time to take traffic and other concerns when planning accurate travel time in order to arrive to class in a timely manner.

ACTION:

We understand the challenges that come with inclement weather and always consider the safety of our campus community. Due to the variable weather conditions across our region, students and employees are urged to use their best judgment about traveling. Campus Safety will be sending a communication shortly with details about school closing and delay opening announcements.


SUGGESTION:

• Almost 2 locks in every girls bathroom is broke. Brownson and Student Center are worse. Your bathroom doors are flying open with students in them. The Library and Student Center have broken locks in the bathroom.
• How are commuters supposed to shower after working out? Totally UN-friendly school to commuters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
• A locker room so commuters can use the gym in the student center and be able to rinse off afterwards?

ACTION:

Both floors have showers in the bathrooms and the second floor bathroom has lockers.

We are having our cleaning staff double check that the locks on the stalls are working – and to let our facilities staff knows if and where repairs are needed.


SUGGESTION:

• Parking has ALWAYS been an issue. I am forced to pay 50.00 for a parking pass when parking is hardly ever available.

ACTION:

We have been aware of the challenge parking presents and are actively working to find a solution. The lack of designated lots for residents, commuters, and staff contributes to the difficulty and a careful study is underway.

Parking is generally available above the baseball fields – but there certainly are days (and nights) when parking is at a premium. Manhattanville’s parking is favorable compared to many college campuses, where freshmen are not allowed to have cars, and parking fees are much higher. Nonetheless, it could be made much better. We are exploring the addition of a hundred new spaces (unpaved), and repaving the existing lots is high on a lot of lists. One problem is for commuters, who are often competing with residents who drive from the dorms to the gym lots. Look for new parking regulations as the year progresses to try to improve the situation during spring semester.


SUGGESTION:

• If there was a consistent, posted schedule for snow plowing, people can move their cars (or get plowed in) and everyone will have an easier time, and better luck finding a spot, parking on campus.

ACTION:

This is a good suggestion and will be discussed with facilities and campus safety.


SUGGESTION:

• Parking Lots and walk ways should be cleared of snow and ice. When a storm is coming close certain lots so the lots can be cleared properly. Put salt or sand down to prevent accidents.
• When events are occurring on campus that require the majority of staff parking to be obstructed or essentially eliminated, it would be helpful for a campus-wide email to be sent notifying everyone in advance.
• Set times for people to clear the parking lots so they can be properly plowed.

ACTION:

With winter now upon us, this is a timely issue to revisit. Last year brought a lot of snow (and headaches) to all on campus. We have a small but very dedicated staff that clears our roadways and lots. Numbered parking passes (so that we could get a hold of students for clearing a lot) are being looked at, as are color coding lots.

In terms of ice on our campus walkways, there will be orange buckets with salt and scoops beside all doorways this winter. If we all chip in, putting salt on steps and ramps and paths, we can help stay on top of what can be a daily problem here during the winter.

Some cities suffer the same problem and have taken to running ‘adopt a sidewalk’ or ‘adopt a fire hydrant’ programs, where citizens help keep areas clear of snow and ice. We have talked about trying that here – any student interested in a crowd sourcing project?


SUGGESTION:

• Bring back the food suggestion chart in the cafeteria. Start having more diversity in the food choices in the cafeteria.

ACTION:

According to the Director or Food Services, the suggestion chart is still in the dining hall next to the deli. This is another one located at the register in the Pub.


SUGGESTION:

• Get working washers and dryers.

ACTION:

Efforts continue to keep the washers and dryers in top working order but they cannot be fixed if they are not reported broken. As posted in each laundry room, EJ. Ferraro is the person to notify (via email EJ.Ferraro@mville.edu or by phone at 914-323-7246) if a machine breaks down and is in need of repair. He makes immediate contact with the service provider to minimize down time once alerted to a problem. He also makes periodic inspections of the equipment.


SUGGESTION:

• A post card of dates for the spring semester for parents...spring break, religious holiday closings, and dorms closing/moving out days? Perhaps in late Feb. so plans can be made as a family...or an email to the parents willing to share their email? Your academic calendar is hard to read.

ACTION:

This past year Andy Fulton created the parent website that highlights many of the dates mentioned on the suggestion along with other useful links. The parent site is located at www.mville.edu/parents. Andy updates the webpage on a monthly basis. We post information and provide students and families with ways to find important dates. Finals and exam dates could be found on each class syllabus so a student may know when their exams are at the start of every semester.


SUGGESTION:

• Do you have a place for donated items or a wish list you can send out to families to see if they can help?

ACTION:

Guided donations and gifts typically go through an Advancement office. This is something to look into.


SUGGESTION:

• Students should be allowed to have our 19 meals when it works into our schedule and as we see fit to use them not when your time restraints let us.
• I would like to suggest a matter that many students on campus can relate too. The policy for students that live on campus is that they have to have a meal plan. I think this policy is important due to the different ways students can engage with each other, try new foods, and take a break from classes. Although, many students like myself do not need 15 or 19 meals a week. Between meal swipes and pub cash, the school gives us a decent amount of money and swipes to eat on campus. Since the semester started, I've been noticing that I barely use my meal swipes. I currently have 15 meals a day and recently looked at my login and noticed, I only use one meal swipe a day. I usually go to breakfast and swipe something quick to eat from the pub or the cafes. I was hoping to have a meeting with someone from student accounts to discuss this issue. I was hoping to custom make my meal plan so I can at least get 5 to 6 meals a week and pub cash. I think this idea is something to be considered to all of Manhattanville students. My parents are concerned with me wasting money; I am usually buying my own food or going out to eat and they think that me having a meal plan is useless if I am not using all 15 meals.

ACTION:

This was an issue recently talked about between the student government, President Strauss, and VP Balog. There is discussion underway with our vendor, Chartwells, to address this issue. In addition, there was encouragement to have a student government representative that specifically addressed meal plan issues.


SUGGESTION:

• Small waste baskets for the women's showers in Spellman so that we don't have to worry about checking for used feminine products on the floors of the showers.
• Getting the showers cleaned more regularly, when the same gross things are on the shower floors for two weeks we know they haven't been washed this is just unsanitary and disgusting.

ACTION:

We are working with the campus cleaning staff to address these concerns, but know the limited staff works very hard to clean and maintain the cleanliness of the campus.


SUGGESTION:

• There seems to be an increasing population of students, at least within the Jump Start program, coming up from the Bronx and Manhattan. We are not sure where to start, but if we could present these students with the possibility that the Valiant Shuttle can provide them the convenience of picking them up at the White Plains train station at, let’s say at 3:30 pm and 4:00 pm, this could provide any graduate student with an easy (and less expensive) way to make their 4:20 pm class start. We think it’s a benefit they would appreciate and a great selling point for the college all around. And instead of stopping everywhere else the shuttle usually stops, these two shuttle times would go back and forth only to the WP train station.

ACTION:

This is an interesting idea, but we would have to do a “needs assessment” to see the number of students and faculty it affects. Then we would have the data to do a cost benefit analysis; if it makes sense, then we would make an adjustment.


SUGGESTION:

• We should really think of updating the elevators on campus. They're scary to be inside of, especially because of how often I hear they break down. They're also very VERY slow.

ACTION:

The College is currently spending money to upgrade our elevators. These expenditures won't affect their appearance, but their reliability. In addition, safety strips were recently added to the doors in three buildings. We realize the elevators take quite a beating, particularly in the dorm space. The interiors are repainted every summer, and new panels installed at the same time as needed.


SUGGESTION:

• The ability to order a transcript ONLINE as opposed to a simple link to a form that must be handed in. This would save tons of time, almost every other college does it, is necessary considering the unreliable hours of the registrar and great for commuter students.

ACTION:

A few months ago the college made a decision to use an online transcripts service. Unfortunately, at the same time, we transitioned to a new IT provider. As soon as this new relationship settles we will move forward.


SUGGESTION:

• There are many potholes throughout campus that have been a result of the recent weather. This is especially true for the Spellman, Tenney, and Dammann parking lots. It would be appreciated if these could be fixed.

ACTION:

These lots have needed repaving for quite a while. It’s an expensive proposition to have them done, but they are nearing the top of the list of construction projects on campus.


SUGGESTION:

• Is it possible to add more speed bumps, stop signs, or pedestrian walkways on the rear roads and parking areas near the athletic fields and in back of the academic buildings?

ACTION:

There are limits to paving construction. To add any new paved spaces requires the removal of an equal square footage of old paving. Vertical lots are the only solution (and run several thousand per space). Speed bumps and stop signs, however, are much easier to add. Please let us know if there’s a specific site where you feel there’s a need.


SUGGESTION:

• Have doctors on campus more than TWO days out of the week and have the health center open on weekends (at least when there are parties on campus).
• Can the Heath Center be open on weekends? I was really sick last Sunday and I wasn't able to get treated immediately. Looking out for other people in my position.

ACTION:

We are in the process of reorganizing the Health Center operation. We intend to hire a Nurse Practitioner in addition to the having a doctor on staff 2 days per week. Nurse Practitioners are able to perform most duties of MDs.

We have office hours similar to most College Health Centers and regular Family Medicine practices (which are not open in the evenings or weekends). These operation/practices are supplemented by emergency care centers and hospital ERs.


SUGGESTION:

• Improve quality of food in cafe and pub – it’s so dirty in the pub.

ACTION:

Chartwells continues to listen to the students suggestions. A new program has been implemented by the director of food services this semester which engages small groups of students once a month over an elegant meal to discuss concerns and suggestions.

An additional employee was recently hired to oversee the pub area.


SUGGESTION:

• Outside the library, people smoke very close to the library doors. How about a line that marks where the 20 ft. mark is?

ACTION:

The ongoing violations to the College Smoke Free Workplace policy prompted the HR Department to send a reminder to the community on 11/13. They also requested “No Smoking Signs” to be placed outside of the library, Founders Hall and loading dock and Castle entrance.


SUGGESTION:

• Name the roads on campus

ACTION:

This is an excellent idea. We are looking into it!


SUGGESTION:

• Discard the two old bicycles in front of the Berman building.

ACTION:

Done!