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Editorial: Ohio University students shouldn’t have to brave the Arctic in their own dorm rooms

It's not the first time we've heard of problems in the dorms.

The other day, one of our younger reporters told fellow staffers that the heating system in her South Green dorm room was no longer working and that it was freezing cold.

To be clear, that’s nothing new. During our years on campus, we’ve heard of broken heaters, broken coolers, moldy windows and even live animals wreaking havoc on Ohio University students where they lay their heads every night. Recently, we’ve also heard reporters saying they’re without hot water.

No student should have to go to bed miserable for something that should be an easy fix.

We were glad to hear that OU workers quickly delivered a space heater to our reporter braving the Arctic tundra on South, but does it really have to come to that? We’re grateful for the maintenance workers that quickly tend to the students who often call them, but it’s upsetting that students are calling so often in the first place to declare their room uninhabitable.

Before breaking ground on more state-of-the-art athletic facilities or housing complexes, we hope university officials will double down on maintaining the buildings we already have and pay good money to live comfortably in.

So OU, please get to work on replacing old AC units and windows on top of quick fixes like space heaters and putting foam between window panes. And students, in the meantime, expert tip: Tape a cardboard box completely around your AC window unit, wrap that in plastic trash bags and stuff a towel between your windows. Hope it helps. We’re here for you, Bobcats.

Editorials represent the majority opinion of The Post's executive editors: Editor-in-Chief Emma Ockerman, Managing Editor Rebekah Barnes and Digital Managing Editor Samuel Howard. Post editorials are independent of the publication's news coverage.

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