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By Krista DeJulio – Features Editor
The residents of Gardner House were told to evacuate the house in an email sent Friday, February 20 at 2:07 p.m. Thirty-seven girls were left confused and to find their own housing arrangements for the weekend.
The house will be evacuated from 4 p.m. Friday until 5 p.m. Sunday evening. The cause of the problem is from the recent snowfall and ice hanging from the porch of Gardner. According to Diane Austin in an email “Gardner porch has been weakened by the snow and ice that we’ve experienced this winter. We are going to take the necessary actions to secure the roof, and will need the weekend to accomplish this work.”
The residents have been evacuated for safety and fire code reasons while the house will be worked on this weekend. The use of the Gardner front door is prohibited and police tape has been put up around the porch and the two entrances to Gardner.
“We don’t really know what’s going on,” said sophomore and Gardner resident, Sydney Tarby.
Tarby is one of the lucky residents of Gardner. She has a car on campus and she and her roommate will be traveling to her roommate’s house for the weekend. Other residents have been directed to visit the Office of Residential Life to receive temporary housing.
Campus Police officer Patrick Sullivan said there is no timeline of when the problem will be fixed and the main concern is having the students safe. “There is potential nature of [the house] collapsing,” said Sullivan. There are three officers inside the house around the clock to make sure the house stays completely evacuated and to “monitor the situation.”
To prevent this from happening to other houses, a maintenance worker was shoveling snow off of Cushing House this afternoon.
“I feel like Carrie [Appellof, Gardner Resident Assistant] will give us information as she gets it,” said Tarby.
Gardner has faced many other problems within the last school year. Two different bathrooms have been out of order at the same time, there has been a problem with ants and ladybugs, and students living on the third-floor have claimed to hear a rodent in the walls. There had been a lack of hot water within the house and one room on the first floor had no heat for a few days.
“It’s one thing after another. Hopefully they’ll fix [Gardner] up after this semester,” said Tarby.