Edit: As of January 2011- the lock out no longer applies and we can sorta have guests. If they are related and can only stay for a little and cannot go to your room.
They said they’d be doing something with the cameras, but I’ve been here watching them do nothing. [End of line]
It hasn’t been a month, and there’s a lot for me to say about this dorm. First, let me start off with the Image of Zelkova House:
“hey where do you live?” “Oh I live in Zelkova House.” …pause… “oh, you mean that prison? I’m sorry.”
1. The rules: The worst part of Zelkova
-Zelkova House is the newest of all the dorms and also the strictest. It is the only one with a curfew that you MUST follow: 11:30 on the dot, you get locked out/locked in. The other dorms have a lot more leniency and represent more of what I feel a university life should be. The curfew itself shouldn’t be too much of a problem if you plan on interacting with only people from the dorm, but try having a life when you have to worry about getting locked out of your home if you’re not back before 11:30. It may seem reasonable on paper, but I’ve found myself out of breath and exhausted making it back at 11:29PM. There are also the unlucky ones as well.
-If the curfew wasn’t bad enough, try having NO guests whatsoever. Even with all the security, they don’t want guests- not even in the common lounge area. They have cameras, they know who goes in and out of the building: This has pissed off a bunch of people and is one of the reasons why Zelkova had a not-so-positive image among ICU students.
-The key card: you need this- otherwise you get locked out. Even moving about the inside of Zelkova, you need it. If there is no data of you leaving the dorm- you get locked out, even if you have your card with you. So errors and accidentally leaving with a group of friends might cause some trouble. On Sunday I was woken up because my friend next door couldn’t leave the lounge area even though he had his key. Also, you have to put your keycard into this slot for the lights in your room to work and certain outlets for any juice to flow. The AC turns off without the card as well.
-Banned appliances: Game consoles, full length mirrors, your own lamp, and other ridiculous things. Everything else you need permission for… why? ask someone else.
-Floor: whichever floor you end up on, that’s the floor you stay on. So males on the 1st floor can’t go up to the 2nd or 3rd floors. Okay, sounds reasonable. How about the girls on the 2nd and 3rd floors? can they visit each other? Nope.
2.Kitchen: small, but works for me
-The kitchen is equipped with just about every thing you need for your basic meals. You’re not allowed to have your own rice cooker or electric appliances but that hasn’t posed a problem for me yet. In return they provided plates, cups, frying pans, pots, utensils, etc. Now, the kitchen itself is big, but when you divide the area by 30… it doesn’t feel that big. Once september rolls around, they’re gonna fill up the spaces in the empty rooms and there will be 42 per floor…. I don’t want to think about it.
3. The rooms: spacious enough for 2.
-Every room here is a double. The layout ensures enough privacy and everything locks. There’s more than enough closet space for just about anyone. The people are good at ICU so the chances you end up with a bad roommate is slim in my opinion.
-very nice. there’s 2 showers and 4 toilets for every group of 17. There’s even a flush sound device. Incase you’re self conscious of people hearing your business. So far there aren’t any problems with the time conflicts and showers, but like I’ve mentioned earlier, September…
-The showers are kinda weird. You push a button and for about 2o seconds, water comes out, and you have to push the button again. It feels like I’m living in a youth hostel. But I guess it’s been effective in cutting down average shower times. It takes some getting used to. I just use my elbow.
5. Did I mention the CCTV’s that weren’t mentioned in the booklet when I was applying? Yeah. They’re not only at the entrance, but inside the dorm as well. Obviously None in the rooms, but in all Seriousness- as if the security weren’t strict enough.
6. Oh, and no WiFi.
Normally I’d put some kind of closing statement here to summarize my thoughts for you, but I think you get the point here.