By Frank Rosa
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – Lincoln Hall has experienced several recent problems that have inconvenienced students, teachers and administrators, but in 2016 the building will undergo renovations to its outdated resources.
Over the last decade, flooding has occurred in the Little Theater in the building, industrial heaters have broken down and several other complaints with no solutions have arisen.
Communications Professor Drew Jacobs, who has an office in Lincoln Hall, is not quite comfortable with the office and classroom conditions.
“The windows are old, there is some rusting,” said Jacobs. “It gets cold in the winter because of the metal frames. The rooms down in 17 and 18 get cold and it is not handicap accessible. If I had a choice in terms to teach a class, Lincoln is not high on the list.”
Sophomore Caroline Strazzulo is not satisfied with the conditions in Lincoln Hall. In the past, it has been very difficult for her to keep focus.
“Lincoln Hall is a very uncomfortable building to be in because I am constantly switching classes because of the room temperature,” said Strazzulo.
Professors are forced to move from one classroom to another when a heating unit breaks down. John Patrick, a public speaking professor at Camden County College, emphasized how problematic it is for faculty to teach there.
“The heating and cooling system needs to be changed so it is reliable and quiet. Quiet is an issue to me because I teach public speaking in there, and if you are at the podium, it interferes with everyone’s ability to hear you,” said Patrick.
The drainage system is another burden for maintenance workers to control.
“A couple times I was involved in theatrical productions in Lincoln and because there is not good drainage around the building, the Little Theater flooded out more than once. When you have that much water in any part of the building, there is going to be problems with mildew. There was a concern by both students and faculty members about the health issues of working here,” stated Patrick.
Camden County College Assistant Director of Public Safety John Schuck is aware of the issues with Lincoln Hall and said the building is slated for renovations.
“Lincoln is on the schedule to do, but we have not started it yet. It all revolves around funding,” said Schuck.
After two years of work, the drainage system was fixed, but students and faculty members will have to wait another year for the windows and heating unit to be replaced.