Rowan Pains

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

Student Survey

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I think it is safe to say that by now, anyone who has visited this blog recently has a pretty good understanding of my stance on the food here at Rowan University. So there I was one brisk spring evening, sitting at my computer when I thought to myself, “Hey, I wonder what other student’s feelings are on the matter.” Could I be the only person on campus who has such heinous thoughts about our food? Impossible. That’s when it hit me: I am going to ask a bunch of kids- a good 50 at least- and see what they think about the grub served here, what they would like to see done differently, or what they feel should stay the same, then list the results here for my faithful, dedicated readers to see. So without further ado, I present to you Rowan Pains’ very first Student Survey: Operation Rowan Rations. (Rations is another word for food. I wanted to use some alliteration in my title. Sorry.) Read the rest of this entry »

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April 14, 2008 at 4:06 am

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322 Is A Death Trap

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I was just reading the latest post over at the RU Crime Blotter about the condition of Jenn Fitzpatrick, the student who got hit by the truck on 322, and it reminded me of something; 322 is a death trap. There are only a few designated spots for people to cross on this road, and with the hectic life of a student, these spots aren’t always the quickest way to get to where you need to be. So obviously, people are going to be crossing wherever is best for them, being that there is enough space between the cars for them to run across without getting plowed. Well, this is a problem. 322 is a busy road, and there are thousands of kids crossing this road every single day. Something needs to be done, and I think that something is more spots for students to cross safely. A great idea would be to construct a few overpasses so that students never have to wait for a break in traffic to cross. Let’s face the facts here people, distractions are everywhere. One little mistake can result in a serious accident. The speed limit is only 30 MPH, but I can’t count how many times I’ve seen cars speeding by so fast that the wind nearly knocks me over. Even if drivers obey the speed limit, if you get hit by a car going 30 MPH you are going to be in some trouble.

To my knowledge, Fitzpatrick was the only person to be hit by a vehicle on 322 (this year, anyway), and as far as I am concerned that is one too many. As long as students used them, overpasses would eliminate the risk of any more accidents on 322, and would provide a way for people to cross the road without having to wait.

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April 11, 2008 at 1:14 am

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Other Schools Have Amazing Food

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This is just disheartening.  I was recently emailed a link to this site, which writes about all sorts of amazing foods served at schools around the country, and it honestly made me upset. I literally got up and stomped my feet like a ten year-old girl whose mom just told her she couldn’t sleep over her friends house because it was a school night and she had homework to do. Why couldn’t Rowan be kind enough to reward its hardworking students with such delicious cuisine? I then began to ponder what it would be like to just get done taking an arduous exam, then washing my miseries away with some lobster, or perhaps a nice, juicy slice of rib-eye steak.

Of course, some of these school’s food options are a little ridiculous, but seriously, Sodexho?  I understand that nothing is cheap these days, but I’m sure with the amount we pay for tuition these days, Rowan can afford something a little bit better than Sodexho.

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April 11, 2008 at 12:26 am

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Pronto Fresco Is Worthless

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With all the food options available on campus, I cannot see why anyone could possibly want to go to Pronto Fresco. In the old days, (aka the beginning of this year and before), you got a wrap, a drink and a bag of chips with a meal. Today, you get a wrap, and it’s the smallest wrap I’ve ever seen. Well, according to Rowan’s website, Pronto Fresco is “the convenient stop for a complete lunch or a quick snack during the day.” Complete lunch? A single, tiny wrap? I’ll pass, thanks. I’d rather go upstairs at the Marketplace, where one meal grants you access to a wide selection of food, and as much of it as you want.

Pronto is Spanish for fast, or soon. Fresco is Spanish for fresh. While I can’t argue that the food is fast, the fresh part is a whole ‘nother story. If you have ever gone to Pronto Fresco, you know that all of their wraps are pre-made and are sitting on a plate, and have been all day. By the time you order yours, it is old, warm and soggy. I don’t know what they consider fresh, but in my book this doesn’t pass. Back in the day when a drink and a bag of chips were included in the meal, your wrap was made fresh when you ordered it. I have not the slightest clue as to what brought about such a drastic change, but I hope Rowan gets their act together, realizes that this place is a joke and replaces it with something worth our attention. Saladworks, anyone?

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April 6, 2008 at 11:03 pm

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Bike Path?

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As many of you are well aware, the area around Bunce Hall has been undergoing some pretty heavy construction the past few weeks. While I was out for a stroll about campus this evening, I decided why not check out how the progress is coming along. Everything looked pretty ship-shape until I noticed something a little strange out of the corner of my eye. Along the side of Bunce (near the baseball field) there is a new walkway, that of which half of is dedicated solely to bicyclers. This walkway is literally 50 feet long, and runs just up that one side of the building. It doesn’t even wrap around it or anything. Is there really a need to dedicate half of it to those on a bike? How many bikers do we even have on campus? On top of that, this is the only part of campus that even has a bike path, so what is the point? To my knowledge, bikers were just fine sharing the sidewalks with walkers, joggers, runners, etc. Did something happen I am unaware of? Was there some biker protest that I missed?

If they are going to put a bike path here, they should do one throughout the entire campus, or it really isn’t going to make any difference. Now, I am in no way saying Rowan should put a bike path around the whole campus, because it would be a waste of time and money. Nobody is going to abide by the rules. As if public safety is going to hand out tickets to people walking on the half of the walkway designated to bikers. Please.

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April 6, 2008 at 9:46 pm

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Bosshart Demolition Follow-Up

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In case anyone didn’t realize, the majority of my previous post about Bosshart’s demolition was a joke and was meant to provoke laughter. If you didn’t catch it the first read through, the parts that were made up are pretty obvious. Soon after finishing that post, however, I realized that I really wanted to know the truth behind the demolition and decided to dig up the facts. Why, exactly, they are taking the building down slowly and what took them so long to finally begin the process are my main points of interest, so I decided that a good person to contact would be a Mr. Joseph Orlins, the Assistant Vice President of Facilities here at Rowan University. After a quick response, he forwarded my questions to Mary O. Acciani, the Director of Facilities Planning and Construction, who was more than happy to answer my questions directly. Though quite lengthy, I found that the answers she provided to my questions were so informing that I decided to simply post her response in it’s entirety for you all to see.

It was not decided that Bosshart’s demolition be a slow demolition. There are a number of things which go into the actual demolition of a building. Permits are required and these take time to get. In Bosshart’s case we first needed to empty the building. Once it was closed folks began storing all manner of things in the building. Since we are a State institution there is a specific (and lengthy) process we must follow to dispose of surplus items like those stored in Bosshart. This was time consuming. Once we had the building emptied we were able to proceed with testing and abatement of environmental hazards. This building was a challenge because of the hazardous materials in the building resulting from its use as a science teaching facility. Additionally, because of when it was constructed, it contained a significant amount of asbestos. These environmental hazards needed to be removed prior to demolition to assure that the disposal was properly conducted. Even the window frames were removed because they were found to contain material with asbestos. The actual demolition of the building itself is a very hazardous process. Because of its location near the sidewalk on Rt. 322 we wanted to do the demolition during the summer when there were few people on campus to reduce the risk. The sidewalk on Rt. 322 in front of the building will need to be closed during the work and as you can imagine, that is not something we wanted to do with classes in session.

It’s always interesting to see demolition on the news…it seems so quick. What they don’t tell you is the amount of work and the time it took to get to the point where the demolition could actually occur.

There you have it. The reason the demolition of Bosshart Hall is playing out the way it is, straight from the woman in charge of it all. Whether you agree or disagree with the way the situation was handled is up to you, but I think there is one thing that everyone can agree upon: Bosshart Hall is finally on its way out. Oh, and Rowan is going to be putting a small park in its place once it is finally gone. Again you may or may not like this plan of action, but anything is better than Bosshart.

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April 2, 2008 at 2:46 am

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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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