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A Student’s Question from Pittsbugh Job Corps Center

-from Trevor Campbell

Today I get back to my dorm in Evans Hall and see a piece of paper on my door. It was something called the “Incident Detail Report”. It is basically a “write-up” to say about my room not being in order. Being involved in Pittsburgh Job Corps Centre for just over six weeks and have lived in three dorm wings (Phoenix-Summit, Alpha-Omega, & Evans Hall) and do know that the rules are this: You clean your room to which wing you’re assigned to. ALL dorms are responsible to be clean by the students in that room daily. Failure to do so will give your room number a spot on the discrepancy List with the things wrong in the room next to it. You would be given a set duration to fix those discrepancies from when the time the dorms open up. If you don’t do so, or failure to fix descrepancies repeatedly, you would get punished. Punishments could be things such as: banned from the dorm lounge for a period of time, in which the whole floor could lose Lounge-Kitchen-Computer Room time in some occasions, or if serious enough, you can be written up, depending on how chronic of an offender you are. This is the rules for at least Phoenix-Summit & Alpha-Omega. In Evans Hall, which is our name for The Honour Dormitory, given to the approx. 100 College-Program students involved in that, there was never a set enforcement of room cleanliness, ever! Until yesterday at our dorm meeting, the Evan Hall Supervisor mentions that she will decide to have the whole discrepancy ruling become adopted to Evans Hall residents. She addresses to us, the dozen or so of the approx. 100 students not on summer break that the room cleanliness policy is a centre-wide rule (which, it never applied to us before) that she is apparently just now enforcing, which probably should’ve been enforced the entire time daily.

So, I received a write up. This is the first day that the room cleanliness was in effect even though the dorms where Shop Kids live have been following up with this all the time. So, can anyone: present student, former student, contractor, spectator, random person tell me that the shop students who may get discrepancies three or more times a week get their room number listen on a sheet of paper get just that and Evans Hall students, the students who are offered more privileges (comfort, privacy, & quietness) because they are involved in a college program and we get to live in a college dorm setting that is clearly not much better than the shop dorms & is most clearly not like college dorm life whatsoever? How is this fair? Why was Evans Hall not following the room cleanliness policy in the first place? Is writing up more than half the students even morally equal (since, after all, we’re the envied privileged kids, or so I thought!) when there are less punishments that are supposed to be acted upon and are acted upon throughout the time of the rule being enforced? And can someone tell me that this doesn’t sound like that the Pittsburgh Job Corps Centre, which is clearly the same old dirty, trashy, and unsafe environment you’d see in any Job Corps centre, didn’t pass it’s inspection and is told they are going to enforce a cetnre-wide rule they should’ve been enforcing in the first place, the Evans Hall supervisor, Residential Advisors, & Residency Management decide to take it out on the students, who were actually never told to clean their room, get a punishment that isn’t so easy to achieve living on Phoenix-Summit or Alpha-Omega? Of course they failed their inspection because we didn’t clean up. If you don’t force us to do something and take action slowly but surely, yeah we won’t clean up, thus making the place dirty, trashy, & unsafe and you guys fail inspections. If Evans Hall and it’s residency staff members ever managed to care about their beloved centre’s reputation enough, then wouldn’t they make us clean up in the first place, like the kids at the shop dorms, so that they could get a better inspection score?

Here’s another set of proof of mismanagement that in this case, Students are being mistreated in because the staff are careless & lazy.

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  1. Howard says:

    Trevor,

    Second round of thoughts:

    I’ve known sloppy college students, but when you are living two to four to a room, it’s necessary to keep things clean and organized, or the environment becomes unlivable very quickly. Just look at military standards – they are that way for a reason. The government (taxpayers) are paying you to stay in the Job Corps program. When you accept government assistance, you have to play by its rules. You’re old enough to know what will happen if you don’t.

    As a college student, one of the elite, you should not have to have someone tell you to keep your room clean. Life is unfair sometimes, so suck it up, stop whining, and keep your room above standards. I hope you never have a worse problem than this in your life. You will laugh about this in years to come, as I am now.

    Best of luck to you in college – make a success of yourself,

    Howard

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    • Trevor Campbell says:

      Hey Howard, I totally understand that the room should’ve been clean the entire time. It totally would’ve been in better conditions had I been reminded to clean. I try to spend lots of time off-centre but as far as dorms go, I’m always either by the computer or by the bed. The computer desk is simply where the only mess was. There were rooms that were so full of trash by the trash-bin there was bugs everywhere. The Evans Hall residential advisor mentions that some rooms had personal belongings that shouldn’t be in that room due to safety reasons (portable fridge, coffee pot, microwave). Those seem to be the two biggest issues. At Evans Hall all the rooms feature two-to-a-room in which some of us spend about 7-10 hours off centre anyways. From what I gathered from our previous dorm meeting as opposed to the one from last week, Our Res Coordinator does have a mission for us: to get better things for our dorm, such as better public access furniture, matresses/sheets/blankets, etc. She says those things wouldn’t be given to us now since our rooms aren’t meeting standards, which, if someone was enforcing the room cleanliness policy, either the Res. Coordinator we have now or the previous one who was there not too long ago, we could’ve been somewhere with progress. We are the college students, seen as more mature, more drawn into conflict, and more responsable. We won’t rebelor stage an uprising coup d’etat against the Res department because we’d have to clean our rooms. It seems like the fact our centre has the nostalgic of all supplies (computers, furniture, necessities, perks) because the supplies get abused. They get abused because the rules are not being enforced. They’re there on paper, just not by an R.A.’s words. This is why our centre won’t get any chance to get new stuff. Job Corps could get us a few nice things from at least Gen-Z times. I know now we won’t get something futuristic, top-notch, sophisticating things. I just know that dorm life works with student-staff cooperation. You get nowhere without the other. This is the case for most departments in Job Corps.

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      • Howard says:

        Trevor,

        Excuses, excuses, take responsibility for yourself. I’m sure you were told that you were responsible for keeping your room clean when you enrolled in Job Corps and during your orientation week. “It would have been in better conditions had I been reminded to clean” is just an infantile thing to say.

        Your statement, “in which some of us spent 7-10 hours off centre anyways” makes no sense. Do you spend 7-10 hrs in the room or 7-10 hrs off center? You’re lucky you can spend time off center. Lots of Job Corps are so remote that to do that is impossible and things can get boring pretty fast.

        You have a dorm and center student government don’t you? Why don’t you get involved and work along with your supervisor to raise the standards of your dorm and then you will be able to acquire the nice amenities you talk about. I know this is possible because I did it. I took some ratty old looking dorms and transformed them using an incentive system that each month tallied up cuts, lates, positives, GEDs earned, etc, all fed into a formula, and the top dorm each month won some very nice prizes, like: carpeting, bed spreads, wide screen TVs, curtains, etc. We made barren dorms into inviting home-like environments and changed behavior for the positive as well. I was also adviser to the center student government, so I know what I’m talking about.

        Right now I don’t see you using your leadership qualities to affect positive change. I see someone who uses a lot of words, in a confusing manner, to complain.
        “Nostalgic of all supplies” – what does this mean? Even in the context you use, it is a poor use of words and doesn’t make much sense. In fact, much of your ramblings don’t make much sense. If I were marking your post as an essay, I would have given you a failing grade (I’m also a teacher.) Bottom line, Trevor, start acting like a real college student, grow up, learn how to write/communicate using standard English, and you will go places.

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  2. Howard says:

    Trevor,

    Here is my take, this coming from a former Residential Living Manager and Center Director:

    All dorms on center should have had cleanliness standards in force to begin with. When the Evans dorm supervisor decided to enforce the rules, she should have given the students a reasonable amount of time to get their rooms in order – let’s say three days and a definite time and date when the students would be held accountable for their rooms. If someone had some extenuating circumstance that would have prevented him from cleaning his room in time, that should have been taken into consideration.

    I have enforced cleanliness rules, and my dorms won awards for the best Residential Living program the two yrs I was manager – and not just cleanliness was evaluated, but the whole program as well. You can tell this to your supervisor, from someone who knows the system.

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