By Jessica House

Do you remember that article about Begley having no air conditioning? The writer forgot to mention we don’t have any heat either. That’s not even the least of my worries. I want what I paid for.If you visit Begley, you’ll notice students are dressed for a winter snowstorm. Last week, I spent most of my time in my recreation classes shivering and trying to keep my fingers from going numb.

I’m not exaggerating. It’s really colder inside the classroom than outside. The unfriendly, windowless cement walls keep the cold in. This horrible dungeon of a classroom is sadly where I will spend the rest of my days finishing up a recreation degree. I’m still not convinced I will survive with all my fingers.

I haven’t spent much time in the old science building, but it can’t be as bad as the Begley building. We don’t have windows. The building isn’t even handicapped accessible as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

I really suffered at the beginning of school when I had an emergency surgery. I was told to use elevators and take it easy, but that’s hard to do when you’re a recreation student. So I had surgery on Friday and returned to class on Monday. I clung to the rails of the Begley ramps and slowly made my way up to my recreation classes.

I fought the dizziness and nausea, but climbing up those ramps paired with our lack of modern technology (air conditioning) brought me to worse conditions. I vaguely remember those lectures.

When my day was done, I just had to lie down and rest for hours to regain strength to survive Begley all over again. I keep questioning myself why I pay such a high tuition when this is what I get.

Is this really a college that cares?

Why am I paying thousands of dollars to go to class in such a horrible learning environment? We teach our education majors that students need a comfortable and welcoming learning environment to reach their full potential. Why don’t we have that at the college level? I live in a dorm filled with cockroaches that seem undefeatable. Students living in dorms bring their own heaters and air conditioners to keep their room temperature at a survivable level. I go to class in a very outdated building that can’t even get the heat or air conditioner on.

It may be asking too much for Eastern to put the student’s learning environment as number one. But I think it’s a priority someone needs to address quickly, before I just freeze to death.