RHA rejects wiring project compromise

The Residence Hall Association rejected a proposal Wednesday that would prevent installation of cable and Ethernet connections in residence hall rooms during reading period and final exams.

The proposal, presented by the University administration and RHA’s executive board at last week’s RHA meeting, would have limited work to residence hall corridors between April 30 and May 10.

Administrators pledged last week that the plan would minimize the amount of noise in the residence halls during exams, but would allow some work to continue as the University upgrades campus technology.

The RHA voted 16-4 to oppose the compromise, which would affect Thurston, Munson and Fulbright halls.

“I don’t think there is another viable compromise. This compromise wasn’t insufficient, but this is something we can’t compromise on,” said Justin Lavella, RHA president-elect.

Lack of RHA support will not affect the administration’s decision, Lavella said.

Several RHA members said they hope the group will develop solutions despite its opposition to the compromise.

“This is the first year (the administration) has come to us for suggestions,” RHA President Randy Bomze said. “We’ve really broken through, and I’m not certain where it’s going to go from here.”

Non-RHA members said they were satisfied with the compromise, which RHA ultimately rejected, though they complained about the constant noise and the entrance of workers into their rooms.

“Writing papers is an impossibility while this is going on,” JBKO resident Adam Siple said.

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