“Use at your own risk”

Broken things around the Jones building cause inconveniences


*All interviews are kept anonymous to protect the identities of the sources

Broken objects around Jones are impacting students and many of them have gone unfixed or even unnoticed by administrators.

Many students feel that only one working elevator in the North building is causing major delays.

“I need an elevator pass because I have a strained IT band and knee issues in general,” said Isabella Diaz ‘24. “You only have a 10 minute passing period, and if you’re stuck waiting five minutes for an elevator to come by, you will be late.”

Many students have said that the elevators not working has caused them to risk further injury instead of being late to class.

“I ended up having to climb the stairs sometimes because I would be too close to being late to class,” said Diaz. “That ended up straining my knee more so I just had to accept it and address it with my teachers that I cannot get to class on time because of the elevators.”

Over in the other building , the mirror in the South building weight room is broken, this mirror has been temporarily fixed with duct tape.

“It’s annoying because it hasn’t been fixed and it’s been a month,” said Zoe Miller ‘23. “It’s probably not safe due to the fact that someone will probably hurt themselves unintentionally on the duct tape or on the glass.”

Getting a snack from the vending machine is a normal part of a Jones’s students’ routine, many say. However, the vending machines can be very finicky about working on any given day.

“I would say one out of every four times your money will get stuck in the vending machine,” said Ruth Gelling ‘24. “So I avoid using them as much as possible.”

It might not seem like losing $1.25 is a lot, but many students feel like it starts to add up over time.

“I think I’ve lost a solid $5 dollars and it’s happened to my friends too, so it adds up fast,” said Gelling.

Additionally, a door on the girl’s bathroom on the fourth floor of the North building has been broken since the beginning of the year. 

“I had to yank the door close and then when I went to get out, I unlocked the door but it didn’t move at all,” said Celine Cisco* ‘24. “I tried to yank it again but it still wouldn’t open and I didn’t ask for help because that’d be really embarrassing to find somebody stuck in the bathroom, so I had to crawl out.”

Many students agree that the problem of broken items around the school has gone mostly unacknowledged by administration. 

“We have cork boards around the school, maybe make an announcement on those so that people will see and be aware of what’s happening,” said Miller. “Even if people don’t notice I think the effort will be appreciated.”

Other students believe that it’s important for administration to better communicate with students in order for students to not be inconvenienced by broken objects.

“If the faculty finds out that something’s broken and they can’t fix it immediately and it’s something that a lot of people use, like the bathroom stall, then they could put a sign on there,” said Cisco*. “It doesn’t have to be anything special, just something that says ‘don’t use it’.”