Kenneth Edison, Editor-in-Chief
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Students called for a restructuring of EC’s long standing music building on Saturday, Oct. 14 after it flooded due to heavy rainfall.
“I just kind of happened upon the water forming, starting to puddle up outside in the hallway,” said EC sophomore Cole Runge who discovered the flooding early Saturday morning.
Runge’s discovery led to a mad scramble to move several instruments before they were damaged by the flooding.
“I got a call from [Runge] and he said, ‘Hey the trombone closet is flooding,’” said EC junior Aron Callard. “We unlock the room and move everything out and water was not just flooding in, but this little lake that was in the hallway was just getting bigger and bigger.”
The instruments that were stored in Irion basement were largely student owned and, according to EC senior Emma Kaminski, a large group of music students acted quickly to arrive at the scene for fear of damaged property.
“[Callard] posted in the Elmhurst College Music group at 1:09 p.m. and a lot of people were there by 1:30 p.m. because everybody was just like, ‘oh sh*t.’”
EC facilities management could not be reached for a comment on the incident.
Later, several music students, such as EC juniors Emma Corum and Nick Lowe, commented about the flood on the EC student page.
Their comments, written on a post about the planned dome to be placed over the football field, informed students of Irion’s flooding and structural issues. These were one of many comments made on the post pointing out the need for an update to facilities other than athletics.
This was a sentiment echoed by Kaminski, who pointed out that students have been calling for an updated music building for years.
“I just feel like people have always said that we need a new music building and everyone is always saying, ‘yeah we’ll get to it.’ But, a sports dome, we need to do that right now,” she said. “I’ve talked to Troy [VanAken] about that before and I told him, ‘I understand your reasoning for that, but I think we need to focus on these other problems first.’”
Callard agreed, arguing that repairs to Irion would be a relatively quick process that is much needed.
“Absolutely I know there won’t be a new music building in the next few years, but we need to figure out a way to fix this issue because this happens every year.”
Callard would also take to the EC student page, showing a picture of Irion’s flooded hallways and calling for action to be taken to prevent this flooding from continuing.
“This issue has been happening for years or even decades,” he wrote. “This issue needs to become something we all talk about and are aware of. We have to do something about this.”