Collegiate Park gets much needed improvements, still needs more
Published: Thursday, September 12, 2013
Updated: Thursday, September 12, 2013 11:09
Built in 1999, the Collegiate Park apartment complex has become a fundamental component of the ASU campus. The gated community consists of six buildings and houses 334 upperclassmen students in private bedrooms. As the buildings age, continuous upkeep is necessary to maintain a comfortable living environment.
A major renovation that took place over the summer was the installation of new carpet in building five after a water leak left the old floors in questionable condition.
According to Antoinette Jenkins, a graduate student studying public administration from Hernando, Miss., several more projects are in the works.
“Some things we’re hoping to do within the next year or so are to get the pavilion painted and possibly get the apartments pressure washed,” she said.
As the hall director for CP, Jenkins’ primary goal is to make residents feel at home.
“We really just want to be attentive to resident’s needs and address them as quickly as we can,” Jenkins said. “We want them to know that we are here for them.”
One of the main concerns the residents of CP have expressed is the lack of access to wireless internet in their apartments. Aside from limited connectivity in building one, the Clubhouse is the only area with reliable Wi-Fi.
“This is something I am working on with my RAs and the Residence Hall Association. We’re trying to give a voice to the students and come up with proposals in order to make available something that’s important to them,” Jenkins said.
Senior health promotions major Whitney Alexander of Parkin has spent the last four years as a resident assistant. This is her first experience in Collegiate Park and she feels as though it has a lot to offer.
“We have a pool and volleyball court. For the most part it’s quiet and peaceful. Residents really seem to like the atmosphere here,” Alexander said. “So far I haven’t had any big complaints, just minor things.”
As with everything, there is always room for improvement. One recommendation Alexander had for the apartments is a furniture update.
“I’m 22 and still sleeping on a twin size bed, so I would definitely like to upgrade. Hopefully they will be able to transition to full sized beds eventually.”
Another suggestion Alexander provided was extended access to the pool.
“The pool is only open for a limited time. It closes on the last day of summer, which is September 19,” she said. “The only students who really get to enjoy it are the ones who stay here through the summer term.”
Despite its shortcomings, residents of Collegiate Park seem to have an overall positive impression of the apartments.
Jessie Holder, of Advance, Mo., said it’s not a bad place to live. The senior music education major has returned to spend a second year in the apartments.
“I liked it because it was fully furnished. It’s so much easier being on campus and not having to drive to school everyday,” Holder said.
Madison Sprouse, a junior English major of Jonesboro, loves having her own space.
“The kitchen is a big thing for me. I love to cook. It’s nice to be able to just go make something and not having to worry about going all the way to the caf and finding people to sit with,” she said.
Although she and her three roommates have dealt with bathroom problems since they moved in, Sprouse is still satisfied with her new home away from home.
“I think the maintenance issues just come with the territory since the buildings are older. I can’t complain,” she said.
On average, Facilities Management receives about 15 work order requests from Collegiate Park each month, according to Lisa Kihlstadius in the Facilities Management Work Order Center.
Residents who have issues with their apartments are encouraged to fill out a work order through the Residence Life website or contact an RA for assistance. Urgent issues may be directed to Antoinette Jenkins to ensure they are resolved in a timely manner.