Rowan Pains

I’m Paul Cardaciotto, and I am a journalism major at Rowan University.

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Bosshart Demolition

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For over a year Bosshart Hall has been empty. For over a year arguably the ugliest building on campus has been doing nothing but taking up valuable space and being an eyesore for students and passers by. On top of that, it is literally the one building that everyone must see; there is no way around it. Even if you are driving down 322 and happen to get stopped at the light, there is nothing else to look at but Bosshart. This can’t possibly do Rowan any good. Prospective students probably come to visit Rowan to see what the campus looks like, get an eye full of Bosshart and quickly turn around and drive home. In fact my Townhouse overlooks 322, and I see people stopped at the light next to the building with angry faces, muttering to themselves. I am semi-trained in reading lips, and from what I can tell it seems as if they are talking about how ugly Bosshart is.

Despite all this, Rowan has finally decided to get rid of this dump once and for all, and I don’t know about you but I sure was pleased when I heard the news. A few days later I saw construction vehicles and workers outside of the building, and knew that soon enough Bosshart would be no more.

I shouldn’t have gotten my hopes up.

Turns out Rowan decided it would be a good idea to draw out this process and take down the building in a series of phases. Instead of plowing down this building with TNT and a wrecking ball and having it gone by the end of the week, they decide they are going to take it down brick by brick for the next ten years. In fact just yesterday I saw a worker walk up, put on a hard hat, grab a brick, toss it in a dumpster, and leave. All joking aside, the first two days the workers did remove of all of the windows. What did they do the next five days? Covered all the windows with black tarps. Why are they covering the building with black tarps? What are they trying to hide? Reliable sources have contacted Rowan Pains claiming to have sneaked inside the building and found workers engaged in leisurely activities such as dancing, playing cards and singing karaoke.

This building is ugly and needs to come down immediately, and there is no reason this demolition take until after graduation to be completed. The only logical conclusion I could come up with is that Rowan couldn’t afford to hire enough workers to get this building down quickly, thus being forced to make it a “slow” demolition. Fortunately I have just the solution to such a problem that I like to call National Destroy Bosshart Day. The premise is simple: place all sorts of hammers and explosives on a few tables outside of Bosshart Hall. Make an announcement a few days before hand explaining how ugly Bosshart is and that it is affecting interest in Rowan University. Attach a few pictures of the building to fully display the severity of the situation, and before you know it hundreds and thousands of kids will be fighting over who gets to break something next. Students would begin to bring grenades, fireworks and other destructive supplies from home. Bosshart would be taken down in mere hours. Problem solved.

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March 28, 2008 at 9:36 pm

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Rowan’s Website Is Bad

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I’m not sure if this problem only applies to me or not because who knows, maybe I’m a little slow or something, but why is it that I never seem to know when the food court is opened or closed? Does it close at a different time every day? It seems that every time I try to go there around dinner time and later, it’s closed. Then, the days that I’m not hungry and just happen to be walking by around the same time, it’s open. I checked Rowan’s website and found this section about the food court, but as you can see it is just a tad bit dated (look at the pictures). Now I understand that the hours are printed right on the door, but that doesn’t help me when I get a rumblin’ in my tummy back at my townhouse and have to walk all the way to the place just to find out that it is closed.

This brings me to my main point here: Rowan’s website is, well, bad. Just last year they unveiled the new and “improved” look for the website, but as hard as I try I just can’t seem to find any improvements. Every page looks different from the last, and there doesn’t seem to be any sort of consistency going on. It almost looks as if a different person made each page. Don’t get me wrong though, some pages look very professional and are layed out well, yet others look like they were constructed by farm animals.

But when it really gets to be a pain in the neck is when finals and midterms roll around. Year after year I find myself ripping my hair out trying to find a final schedule on the website and come up short each time. I’m no expert in web design, nor have I ever taken a class pertaining to the subject, but I did have my own website when I was in middle school and let me tell you what, that website put Rowan’s to shame. Kinda.

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March 26, 2008 at 8:32 pm

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Sodexho Woes

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I recently read a great post by Gavin Farber over at his blog RU Involved, and it literally blew my mind.

The post, which is about the amount of money that Rowan’s food provider, Sodexho, is losing recently, discusses how students are stealing not only food, but silverware and plates as well.

Now taking the china is wrong because it is theft, and also because the more people take the more often we are going to need to use plastic utensils and styrofoam cups. Filling up your bookbag with entire meals in Ziploc bags is also obviously going to affect the budget if hundreds of students are doing it daily. What I don’t quite understand, however, is how students taking an extra cookie or banana as they are leaving could possibly affect anything. If the cookie is already made, it is just going to go to waste if nobody eats it. The same goes for the banana; if it is sitting on the rack for students to take, it was already purchased and therefore if nobody takes it, it too will go to waste.

Another interesting piece of information Mr. Farber writes about is how students are noticing other students leaving the cafeteria with an ice cream cone in their hands, and consider this stealing. I walk out of the Marketplace with an ice cream cone in my hand literally everyday, and not once have I ever thought that I was stealing anything. Does Sodexho really want me to sit down at a table and finish the ice cream cone before I leave? Would that really make any difference in how much money they are losing? Absolutely not. On top of that, the Marketplace already has enough problems with seating at certain times that I cleverly like to call the “hot times”, so I, being the nice guy that I am, opt to leave with my ice cream cone instead of taking up a table that others could be using. Honestly, if you saw some kid licking away at an ice cream cone with a huge grin on his face (because anyone who ever ate an ice cream cone knows that when eating one, you have a grin on your face) taking up an entire booth or table, you’d be pissed. The ice cream cone was invented to be eaten on the go, not sitting down. If you really consider eating one on the way out to be stealing, then please explain to me why the ice cream machine is situated near the entrance/exit of the Marketplace, the ideal location to be used as you are leaving.

If Sodexho is really losing tens of thousands of dollars because we take a cookie on our way out, they are doing something wrong. Just the other day my roommate and I went to the Marketplace for dinner. When we get to the register he discovers that he left his card in the room, so I used my dining dollars to get him in. Do you know how much it costs to eat in the Marketplace for dinner? Over nine dollars. He ate a bowl of cereal and a slice of pizza. I ate a salad and some french fries. I don’t think both our meals combined totaled nine dollars, let alone some cereal and a piece of pizza.

Come to think of it I am in a way happy that Sodexho is losing money because honestly, I don’t like their food. Every time I eat it I get a headache, and everything seems to have the same after taste to me. Being that I am a senior it won’t matter to me if they do or don’t supply the food for next year, but it will still give me at least a little peace of mind knowing no one else is getting a headache after eating their food.

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March 15, 2008 at 7:06 pm

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Rowan Has Beautiful Wildlife

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So this dead rat has been laying here for days now. A lot of people are talking about how gross it is and that somebody should pick it up. I disagree. I mean, it could be a sign from God. Maybe He is telling us that our professorial owl is a lame mascot, and we should change it to something a little more edgy like this dead rat. Let’s face the facts here people, everyone hates on our owl, but nobody would mess with a dead rat. We are too nice here at Rowan.  Who knows, this new mascot could give us a little moxie, and that never hurt anyone.

I even took the liberty of creating a rough draft of what our new sports logo could look like. It came out pretty nice.

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March 10, 2008 at 11:54 pm

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Safety Poles

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Anyone who lives on campus at Rowan University knows that these days, public safety is the biggest concern for students. Of course public safety is and should be one of the most important concerns on any college campus, but it has been recently heightened on ours due to the events of last semester. Although my blog thus far has taken a look at different aspects of Rowan that I find unsatisfactory, I have decided to go in a different direction with this post and take a look at one of the universities tools to fend off campus wrongdoings: the safety poles. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 10, 2008 at 3:37 am

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The Train

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You know what the best part of my day is here at Rowan? When the train comes barreling through the campus, creating an earthquake for the lucky residents of the townhouses. The thing shakes our house so much I can’t even enjoy a nice beverage without the threat of spilling it all over the place. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 7, 2008 at 11:07 pm

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The Profs Place

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One of the more exciting events of last semester was the opening of the “Profs Place”, which is a place for students to eat, hang out with friends and shoot some pool. There are six flat screen televisions, two pool tables and two touch screen computers which you use to order your food. Sounds fantastic, I know. The only problem is the service, nine times out of ten, is terrible. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 7, 2008 at 10:17 pm

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