By Stephanie Butzer
The Station at Mill Point at Elon University opened in August to encompass 324 junior and seniors. The neighborhood-style housing allows residents to live as they would if they were off-campus, but still be in close proximity to campus. Even though many students enjoy the luxurious extras Mill Point offers, there is a buzz about how students are not completely satisfied.
The outdoor pool was one of the major pluses students were eager to use on warm afternoons. It is currently the only outdoor pool on campus, and was highly anticipated. However, it has not been received well.
“There have been complaints about the pool and how its not as big as everybody thought it was going to be,” Hannah Knoblauch, junior resident, said. “It’s only been open one day because there’s been all these problems.”
Lack of electricity is also becoming a growing complication. Knoblauch described the frustration of chilly showers.
“Everything is new, including the pipes, so the water isn’t hot yet,” Knoblauch said. “It’s lukewarm. The electricity is still kind of weird. People have had no electricity or the stove doesn’t work and issues like that.”
Many students also complained how they had to go to the mail center in Moseley Center to pick up packages, even though Mill Point has its own mail center.
The buildings vary in size, structure and color so each one is refreshing and a little different. They are all eco-friendly like the Colonnades Dining Hall and the new Colonnades Residential Halls. The flushing system model in the Colonnades was implemented in Mill Point as well. Garbage and recycling are taken out by workers so it does not pile up in a dumpster.
“I know a lot of campus is jealous,” Knoblauch said. “But it’s something to look forward to – that’s what we’re telling all the underclassmen.”
Merissa Blitz, senior, lives in Mill Point and does not like how many students judge the people who live in the new development. It costs just about as much as living in the Oaks. She feels that people think those who live in Mill point are rich snobs.
“I feel like a spoiled brat when I tell someone I live in Mill Point when, in my normal life, that is not the case,” Blitz said. “I just wanted to live here my senior year because it was going to be a brand new place and, since I want to work in New York City, I will never, ever live in a place this nice ever again.”
Ann Marie Glen, junior, is looking forward to living in Mill Point. She is excited to try and get a spot for the 2013-2014 academic year.
“It sounds pretty posh and they’re advertising it as really classy,” Glen said. “And it’d be really close to all my classes.”
Officials are examining the problems the residents are facing now so Mill Point will remain a desirable place to live for the coming semesters.