Stove Please ~ A Message to Dana Hall

By Ülvi Gitaliyev

Despite all its messy problems, I have largely enjoyed my stay in Dana Hall for the last two semesters. There is one thing that I find unacceptable though, which is the fact that all floors have to share a single stove. If you know anything about the people of Dana, then it is not surprising that just before the Spring Break, the stove broke.

That stove has kept me alive through countless late night movie and study sessions. I have enjoyed making keychains to warm pizzas and everything in between with the help of our dear and beloved stove. Naturally, the stove was also beloved by most of the Dana Hall residents. Turns out, there is such a thing as too much love and the stove could not take us anymore.

Last month, my friends and I would make weekend tacos in the Dana basement and share them with anyone who passed by. Now, with the stove derelict and useless, the basement has been quieter than I remember and the stove has turned into an abyss that stares into our empty stomachs. Just last week, my friends and I had to go to Danforth just to make some bread.

While my taste buds have (unfortunately) adapted to Berea College food, some people have not, and they require a stove to be able to feed themselves. Those without a meal plan, or those who simply do not have time to go to dining on some days also suffer from a lack of a stove. No student in Berea should have to go through hunger.

We understand that it takes time to fix a stove, but after three weeks, we have reached our limit. Every student has a right to a stove. So dear staff, we kindly ask you to get this stove fixed as soon as possible so that I can enjoy my balanced diet of pepperoni and neapolitan pizza without having to get dressed and go outside!

6 responses to “Stove Please ~ A Message to Dana Hall”

  1. A “balanced diet of pepperoni and neapolitan pizza without having to get dressed and go outside” is very unhealthy, even if you meant it ironically. I don’t live in Dana, but I’ve enjoyed visiting 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺𝘰𝘯𝘦’𝘴 room 😉, so I’ll say I do know something about Dana. In all seriousness, yes, you must put in a work order, asap, but I’m sure many people have already done this. This shit takes time. Good luck dude!!

  2. “Those without a meal plan…” Aren’t all students in dorms required to have a meal plan?

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