The Sky is Falling in McBain

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Oh wait, no. Sheetrock is falling.

Late this past Friday night, the ceiling of a McBain double inexplicably fell while one of the room’s occupants watched in terror. The sheetrock fell onto one of the roommate’s desk, bed and shattered her phone. Luckily, both of the sophomores are alright, though probably traumatized by McBain doing what it does best, which is fall apart. The roommates were given a double on the floor above and can’t move back into their original room until Wednesday.

Housing most definitely because this is so typical reportedly “piled up all [their] stuff…trash can on the desk, laundry bag on the bed, luggages on top of shoes…and covered everything with plastic,” making it pretty difficult for the two residents to access any of their belongings. Housing did however apologize, since we all know that the best way to ensure our safety here in these Residence Halls is by saying “sorry” after something potentially life-threatening happens.

Pictures of the wreckage are below, and as you look through them in horror, remember that this could happen to you, considering the conditions of most dorms.

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  1. Anon  

    So if those girls are living one floor up, where are the other people living?

  2. Anonymous

    One of the frat brownstones a few years ago had a steam pipe burst underneath the bottom floor. Housing didn't fix it for months - at a certain point the residents blocked it off because if you touched the floor with bare skin you'd get pretty intense burns. Towards the end they did dig the floor up and "fix" the leak, but you'd still get burns touching it when they put the tile back.

    Then they lost the house. I heard that one of them was back and there was just drywall where the door do the basement used to be...

    tl;dr The bros dug too greedily and too deep, housing is hiding a Balrog.

  3. Anonymous

    They are lucky. Their room is going to get all renovated and painted.

  4. slop chow

    Seriously, what's the school's responsibility/liability here? Is there anything in the housing handbook that says whether the school will reimburse the student(s) for damage to personal belongings in situations like these? BWOG, please follow up.

    • Anonymous

      Of course they will be reimbursed and evrything will be claenaed up and put back in order. Learning to live with a little bit of inconvience is what growing up is all about. It is funny people are complaining about a little bit of plaster falling on the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.

      • Blunts in Butler  

        Dude. The "occupancy agreement" absolves Housing from any responsibility. Motherfuckers.

        • Read it and weep

          The University assumes no responsibility for the resident's personal property while they live in the residence halls. The University strongly recommends that students living on campus purchase property insurance on their own, or ensure that they are covered by their parents’ property insurance. Insurance coverage is the responsibility of each individual student.

          The University shall not be liable, directly or indirectly, for any loss of or damage to any article or personal property anywhere on the premises of the Columbia Housing residence halls, whether or not caused by the University’s negligence.

          • Wait--  

            Is that even legally enforceable? I'm not a lawyer, but I do know that certain "waivers" aren't actually valid in a court--especially not in cases of negligence or wrongdoing. You can't sign away your right to sue if someone injures you through negligence---does this also extend to property?

            It's bullshit all the same. No wonder people are so unsatisfied with the administration.

          • Yup

            Welcome to the real world, womp. Renters (which is basically what you are when you live in a dorm) must get renters insurance if they want to protect their property. From a NYT article: "'As a renter, if your personal property is damaged, you’d have to have a renter’s policy to get coverage,' said John Capuano, an associate insurance examiner with the New York State Department of Financial Services. 'The landlord’s policy is not going to cover your damages.'" Retrieved from:

          • Anonymous  

            But do students actually fall under the same category as normal renters? Part of renting a property is being able to assess and actively choose which property to rent. In columbia housing the "renters" have no choice, it's mostly a matter of luck. Are we held responsible for something we had no control over?

        • still can't comprehend the ridiculousness of it all  

          so if the entire building collapsed due to shitty infrastructure... columbia has no responsibility?!

      • lol, child  

        The ceiling in my closet fell down last year. Not only did I have to get quite a few items dry-cleaned on my own bill, but housing didn't even fix the leaking, mildewed mess caused by bad pipes for two months.

  5. anon  

    The room they got relocated to is an empty dorm room in mcbain. Bare mattress. No bedding or pillows or blankets.

  6. Anonymous  

    How can they possibly have deserved this?! They're the two sweetest girls I know what are you talking about. Who can ever deserve something like this.

  7. remember!  

    Submit these pics to the housing contest! You could win a $250 gift card and a design consultation from Bed, Bath & Beyond!

  8. Anonymous  

    you're an idiot. sheetrock it heavy as fuck they could have been seriously injured.

  9. To be blunt  

    housing is a disgrace at this school. I had shit fixed in hours at Harvard while I was there last year (albeit not a whole roof). Poor girls!

  10. jesus  

    yeah I mean this is actually not a laughing matter. Had one of the girls been sitting at that desk, the university could seriously be screwed. Sheetrock is not something you mess with. I think these girls deserve something.

  11. Anonymous  

    what were the people above them doing?!

  12. Just sayin  

    Who owns an iPhone 3G these days

  13. Columbia is broken

    stop spending so much money for so little quality- demand more. Where is all our money going? Why do state schools have better facilities for a fraction of the cost? Columbia is out of control- unfortunately, there are too many masochistic drones here that accept and even welcome this abuse.

  14. WTFcolumbia  

    This is ridiculous.

  15. can we please

    take the money from the football team and spend it on renovating dorms?

  16. Anonymous  

    Anyone else notice the huge-ass bear?

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