Some of the outgoing furniture was 15 years old. | TILLIE WANG
On Friday, the New Apts received new Office of Residential Life living room furniture, replacing the existing furniture that was in the New Apts 15 years ago.
ResLife placed its order in the spring, once funding was approved for the new items. After some initial delays with the fabric companies, the maintenance team was able to remove the old furniture on September 15th and install the new pieces the next day.
Historically, the New Apts are home to a mix of furniture that has accumulated over the years. In the past, ResLife would update the worst of furniture with existing pieces they had on hand. Associate Director of Housing and Operations Josh Kusch worked to secure these new furniture sets so that all New Apartments had new, durable items. “We replaced the very old furniture, as well as items that were added just a few years ago,” he said. “In this process, we were able to standardize which furniture was offered in each of the different layouts of the New Apartments.”
Residents of New Apts received an email from Kusch informing them of the dates when maintenance would remove the old furniture and put in the new ones. Residents were advised to label any personal items so as not to confuse College property with other items. The oldest and most unusable furniture was thrown away. Kusch said items that were placed most recently will remain in ResLife’s possession and will be used elsewhere as needed.
Included in the new living room furniture is a series of plush seating like sofas and chairs, as well as dining tables and chairs for the larger apartments. New Apts resident Matthew LesStrang ’23 and his roommates received a new sofa and a few chairs, which were a welcome change from the old, flaky seats that were replaced. LesStrang is pleased with his new additions, but he sees the gesture as just a fraction of the renovations that need to be done to their homes. The New Apts had consistent sanitary issues such as mold. “The New Apartments as a whole need a lot of work, but I’m glad the College is working hard to make things better,” he said. “Maybe they’ll fix the mold next.”
Not everyone is happy with their furniture updates, however. Shea Humphries ’23 is one of the lucky few New Apts residents whose early furniture was in good condition. After being told they couldn’t keep their existing furniture, Humphries and his roommates are unhappy with their new setup. “We now have a lot less furniture, it’s purple and smells a little weird,” she wrote in an email to High school. “It ruined our feng shui.”