By Allison Benne
Cupboards falling off walls is usually no laughing matter. Sometimes in off-campus housing, laughing is all students can do when something in the apartment breaks.
Katie Bennett, 23, a senior from Clemmons, N.C., majoring in marriage, family and human development, and her roommates laugh a lot.
Last Sunday Bennett reached into a cupboard to get a dish and the entire cupboard fell off the wall. “The next thing I knew all of our dishes fell and all of the glass shattered around me,” she said.
Bennett caught the cupboard so it did not fall on her head. However, she didn”t catch the dishes.
Bennet said thankfully the Harry Potter mug is fixable with only the handle breaking off.
Bennett and her roommates can only laugh. “We left the broken pottery in a box and kick it when we walk by,” said Jessica Stromberg, 19, a sophomore from Farmington, Conn., majoring in elementary education. “We just laugh at everything.”
The cupboard falling is not the only story Bennett and her roommates have to tell.
The first night in their new condominium, the blinds fell off the bedroom windows. The air conditioner didn”t work for a week. The door didn”t lock. The toilet clogged, and a bedroom light wouldn”t turn off without unscrewing the light bulb.
“It”s funny because it”s a nice place,” said Andrea Bailey, 20, a senior from Salt Lake City, majoring in physical education.
The girls said laughter comes easier because their landlord fixes problems quickly. “He comes right away,” Bailey said.
Mary Campbell, 19, a sophomore from Overland Park, Kan., majoring in international studies, knows what it is like to have a faulty apartment with the toilet in her apartment constantly breaking.
In addition, the pipes underneath her sink leaked every time the water was turned on. Campbell and her roommates kept a bucket under the sink, and eventually the bucket, “full of foul smelling stuff,” overflowed, Campbell said.
Even though she called her complex”s emergency line, Campbell said the sink was not repaired for four days.
“I really wouldn”t mind as much if they fixed it faster,” Campbell said. “The fact that it keeps happening over and over is frustrating. The fact that it takes a long time to fix it is even more frustrating.”