And we thought that we just had personnel problems.
A recent report on the state of UT housing reveals that our university's living spaces are falling apart.
The 3D/International report found that UT's residence halls, apartments and fraternity houses are in such bad shape, UT needs to find $26.4 million to make only the most critical repairs.
But that's just the beginning.
The Houston-based firm recommends that a grand total of $161 million is needed to repair things to normal working order on 13 residence halls, seven apartment facilities and 21 fraternity houses.
It's hard to imagine that UT has so many on-campus living options, but it's even more difficult to imagine the university's financial ability to chuck up that much change to do the repairs.
And it gets even worse.
Two of our campus's most aesthetically pleasing buildings are in serious danger.
Strong and Melrose Halls - according to the report - are too far gone to justify the huge amount of money it would take to repair them.
The report recommends that the two be replaced.
This doesn't necessarily mean that they be torn down. In fact, it is unlikely that that will happen.
What makes the most sense is using the buildings for purposes other than as residence halls.
While this may be upsetting to students and alumni who have lived in Strong and Melrose Halls, it is much better than destroying the buildings.
But what's so unfortunate is that UT allowed these buildings to deteriorate so much.
It would be bad enough if UT had let office buildings slip into states of disrepair (Andy Holt Tower is in near-perfect shape, we're sure), but we're talking about where people live.
Buildings always need repair and maintenance, but a little bit of planning can keep us from breaking the bank.
Most of us know that doing a little work now saves us from doing a whole lot of hard, expensive work later.
Apparently UT hasn't worked enough at maintaining its buildings, and now that it's later, little can be done but watch the repair prices soar.
Just more evidence that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" is something our university has never heard before.
Published: Tue Jun 19, 2001 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 03:41 p.m.