The Olde is SUNY Purchase’s oldest on student living. The Olde has been a part of the Purchase community for the past 30 years, and is known as being one of the most spacious, yet most antique housing options for students.
The opinion of living in The Olde varies from amazing to dreadful. The question many ponder, is what makes The Olde, The Old, and is it a benefit or a disadvantage for the students living in it? When asking students about the joys and sorrows of living in The Olde, everyone seemed to be able to reflect on the positive aspects just as heavily as they reflected on the negative.
One common positive response about living in The Olde was the sense of community.
“All my friends live in The Olde,” said Laura Diliberto, 21, a resident on G Street. “It’s close to important things, like the Hub, classes…”
The Olde’s location, unlike other apartment complexes, is in close vicinity to dinning areas as well as buildings where classes are held. In addition to location, some students felt that the overall atmosphere was better than that of Almuni and The New.
“It’s just disheveled enough that I don’t mind living in it,” said Joe Izzo 21, a resident on J Street. “Alumni and The New are too sterile.”
The feeling of a rustic home, make some students feel more at ease. Some students commented that they felt Alumni and The New had a synthetic feeling to it. The overall space in The Olde was also another benefit that students commented on.
“It’s very spacious, Alumni doesn’t have as big of a living room…overall The Olde is just more spacious!” Ms. Diliberto added when reflecting on the benefits she felt The Olde had to offer over Alumni.
However, despite The Olde being popular for it’s space and hospitality value. The Olde also seemed to be notorious for being too old.
The number one complaint students had about living in The Olde, was how aesthetic and maintenance issues, could at times be problematic to a comfortable lifestyle.
“G-string…nasty,” commented Annalisa Alfani, 21, a resident on G Street.
“The water is either boiling hot or cold. I can cook pasta and oatmeal without putting water on the stove.”
“It looks like an angry person used to live here,” commented Melissa Ortiz, 21, resident on G Street. “There are holes that have been punched and graffiti tags.”
Other complaints about maintenance all follow a similar trend to appliance damages.
“Everything breaks…Everything.” Robbie Flato, 21, resident on J Street said. “Our whole apartment has been wet.”
Flato’s roommate explained how he they discovered that their sink’s drain was being held together by a cinder block
“The kitchen drain was propped up by a cinder block and when the pipe moved the kitchen flooded.” Said Joe Izzo, 21, Flato’s roommate.
When comparing The Olde’s maintenance issues to that of Alumni’s, residents in Alumni commented about the matter.
“The Olde is more run down than Alumni, but they both have a lot of the same problems,” said Christalea Panzironi, 21, resident of Alumni.
Panzironi explained that both complexes were different in being modernly up to date, but the issues faced were both similar in terms of maintenance.
Other Alumni residents felt similar on the matter while some felt indifferent.
“It’s pretty good,” said Chris Hoorax, 21, when asked about living in Alumni in comparison to The Olde. In response to how Hoorax felt about maintenance in Alumni, his complaint was, “The water doesn’t taste very good.”
In situations regarding maintenance, students are required to put in what are known as “work orders” to get the problem resolved.
Community Associate (C.A) Rosa Jaffe, 21 explained how the work orders are filed.
“We report it, and then the admins (Administrators) put in a work order for the damages,” explained Jaffe. “…And then the C.A admins will put in work orders for maintenance regarding the issue.”
The process seemed easy when Jaffe explained how it was done. In asking students if they filed the work orders, some students responded, explaining how doing so affected them.
“I’ve put in work orders for half of these things,” said Aiyana Knauer, 19, resident on G Street. “They were dealt with pretty quickly.”
Director of residence life and associate dean of student residence affairs, John Delate, has been a part of the Purchase community and a resident in The Olde, for 12 years. Mr. Delate commented on the complaints in which students expressed. GOOD
“A number of work orders for various things malfunctioning,” Delate said when being interviewed. “They are all facility related because of the age of the building.”
Delate expressed, that he felt great empathy because he himself is a part of The Olde’s community. When asked what changes he felt should be made, he smiled and spoke about an idea for a renovation project that could be taking place in two apartments over winter break.
“I’m excited about the pilot renovation project. Two apartments on J Street will be undergoing renovations and if the end result is good we won’t have to shut down The Olde.”
Delate, like many residents of The Olde, expressed that he understood that The Olde suffered many maintenance issues due to its vintage state.
“Sure I have problems with heating. I can relate very well to understanding the students,” Delate expressed.
However, student were not shocked by their share of maintenance issues, some even expected them.
“The Olde is called the Olde for a reason,” said C.A Rosa Jaffe.