Water flooded out of the toilet in the bathroom of Shimon Shuchat ’19 and Mei Zheng ’18 on Sept. 24, collapsing a section of the ceiling in the apartment below them. The students had disabled all of the apartment’s carbon monoxide alarms and smoke detectors, and the gas oven was left on to heat the apartment while they slept.
Correction appended. Today’s story on the high demand for large apartments in Collegetown underscores the need for substantial change in how Cornell does housing. It is not a sign of health that students feel compelled to sign leases well over a year before moving in — nor is it acceptable that many of those houses often exist in various states of perpetual disrepair. Cornell can and should do more to foster a better system of housing for upperclassmen, particularly in Collegetown. Yes, Cornell has begun to implement its Master Housing Plan, including the much-trumpeted North Campus expansion, but we are skeptical that those efforts will ease the pressure on Collegetown rentals.