Seniors complain about construction of Silverstein

SANAYA ATTARI, Arts & Life Editor Emeritus—To combat Denison’s annual housing crisis, construction is underway on Silverstein Hall, a new residential building for seniors. However, many current seniors are not too thrilled by it.

The hall was named after Jonathan Silverstein, class of ‘89, because of whom the construction of a new residential building was made possible. Silverstein Hall will complete the campus’s “senior quad,” giving every senior student the option of living in an apartment-style house.

Seniors living closer to where the construction takes place are affected by loud noises at inconvenient hours.

“Since I don’t live in Good or Brown I’m not right next to the actual construction of it, so the noise hasn’t bothered me too much. I don’t love where it is, the time they chose to build it, or the fact that they’re taking away another parking lot, but those aren’t issues with the construction really,” said Anna Wojenski ‘20, an English creative writing major with a narrative journalism concentration from Keene, New Hampshire who lives in Myers Hall.

“As someone who lives in Sunny D, the closest apartment building to the new construction, we get the most noise of the apartments. This has been incredibly annoying as we had received emails earlier this semester saying they wouldn’t start the particularly loud construction until after 8 am. As someone who is a light sleeper, I can say that they indeed have been starting around 7:30 am a lot of mornings,” said Elizabeth Lowman ‘20, a communication major from Zionsville, Indiana who lives in Good Hall.

“It’s really annoying, especially when I have to keep finding other places on campus just to get away from the noise,” said Daniel Shapiro ‘20, a global commerce major from Needham, Massachusetts living in Brown Hall. “Even though there’s nothing much we can do about it, this is the absolute worst time for any senior to be living in the Sunnies close to where the construction is.”

Once complete, Silverstein Hall will host apartments for 165 students, indoor community areas and outdoor spaces to host social events.

“They’re only doing loud construction until early afternoon, and leave the site by 4, so by the time I get back from classes, they’ve finished their work. This is particularly annoying that they couldn’t start later, so students can get the sleep that they so desperately need. Or at the very least, do less obnoxious and loud construction that early in the morning. Even starting at 9am and extending their hours a little later would be so much more helpful than the way it currently is,” said Lowman.

The building was designed with considerable input from students and is designated to be completed by May 2020. While this will greatly benefit the next batch of rising seniors, the current batch of seniors seem to be paying the price for it.

“Since I don’t live in Good or Brown I’m not right next to the actual construction of it, so the noise hasn’t bothered me too much. I don’t love where it is, the time they chose to build it, or the fact that they’re taking away another parking lot, but those aren’t issues with the construction really,” said Anna Wojenski ‘20, an English creative writing major with a narrative journalism concentration from Keene, New Hampshire who lives in Myers Hall.

“As someone who lives in Sunny D, the closest apartment building to the new construction, we get the most noise of the apartments. This has been incredibly annoying as we had received emails earlier this semester saying they wouldn’t start the particularly loud construction until after 8 am. As someone who is a light sleeper, I can say that they indeed have been starting around 7:30 am a lot of mornings,” said Elizabeth Lowman ‘20, a communication major from Zionsville, Indiana who lives in Good Hall.

“It’s really annoying, especially when I have to keep finding other places on campus just to get away from the noise,” said Daniel Shapiro ‘20, a global commerce major from Needham, Massachusetts living in Brown Hall. “Even though there’s nothing much we can do about it, this is the absolute worst time for any senior to be living in the Sunnies close to where the construction is.”

Once complete, Silverstein Hall will host apartments for 165 students, indoor community areas and outdoor spaces to host social events.

“They’re only doing loud construction until early afternoon, and leave the site by 4, so by the time I get back from classes, they’ve finished their work. This is particularly annoying that they couldn’t start later, so students can get the sleep that they so desperately need. Or at the very least, do less obnoxious and loud construction that early in the morning. Even starting at 9am and extending their hours a little later would be so much more helpful than the way it currently is,” said Lowman.

The building was designed with considerable input from students and is designated to be completed by May 2020. While this will greatly benefit the next batch of rising seniors, the current batch of seniors seem to be paying the price for it.

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