The student newspaper newsroom in the humanities building closed this semester after officials apparently discovered a ventilation problem.
Campus Current’s editors, reporters, photographers and student graphic designers work temporarily in the hallway of the newsroom in the office of the newspaper’s academic advisor, Sharon O’Malley. Staff conduct some of their meetings through Zoom.
It’s unclear when the award-winning newspaper will move into a new office. O’Malley said she asked for more space to meet the growing need for staff to create videos and other media for the newspaper’s digital publishing.
According to Melissa Beardmore, vice president for learning resource management, air quality testing in the humanities building showed that the journal office in Room 206 was not properly ventilated. It is the only room in the building that the authorities have closed.
“It has to do in the walls where you might have a vent to take in the air, to pass it through the air conditioner and [through] another vent to put air back into the room, ”Beardmore said. “This is how you bring air and heat into your rooms and [the newsroom] has no incoming and outgoing air.
Paul Cortese, a third-year cooking student, took classes in the humanities building at the end of the hall in Room 206 and said the newsroom ventilation problem “seems consistent with the age of the campus”.
Liberal Arts Dean Alicia Morse, who oversees the college’s journalism program, said the ventilation issue is “likely fixable” but could cost more than the college can spend.
“It has to do with resources and whether or not [AACC officials] want to use resources to fix that space or find a more suitable space where the problem doesn’t exist, ”Morse said.
Beardmore said the college could use the empty newsroom for storage. Ventilation “doesn’t matter if it’s storage,” she said.
Student Government Association president Ben Nussbaumer called the ventilation problem “unfortunate” and said he hopes Campus Current will have another newsroom soon.
“I think having a newspaper on campus is very important to campus life and culture, even though we’re not a four-year college where you would live there,” said Nussbaumer, a third-year student. year of general education. “I think that even being able to go to [the newspaper’s website] during your break [and] read up on what’s going on [on] around campus is very important to the sense of community you get with university life.
Campus Current, which temporarily suspended publication of its monthly print newspaper when the campus closed due to the pandemic in March 2020, has never stopped publishing its digital edition on TheCampusCurrent.com. In addition, staff publishes Campus Weekly, a summary of each week’s Campus Current stories, every Friday via email.