The writing’s on the whiteboard wall

Hannah Ellett

With the new whiteboard walls marked up in permanent maker, Professor of Physics Seamus Lagan was forced to physically dismantle a traditional whiteboard and carry it up five flights of stairs just to have a normal class session.

The new Science and Learning Center (SLC) is equipped with state of the art classroom essentials, including the new whiteboard walls. Entire classrooms and even study area walls have been painted with costly whiteboard paint as a way of replacing the use of traditional whiteboards. 

This new innovation not only uses less space but also turns the entire classroom into a learning tool. However, less than a month after the opening of the SLC, some of the whiteboard walls are covered in permanent marker and large streaks of residue. Emails have been sent out asking professors to be mindful of accidentally using permanent markers on the walls instead of dry erase Expo markers.

Even though these new additions were an exciting element of the SLC, a majority of classrooms are now cluttered with large rolling whiteboards to replace the walls which are now rendered useless.

Kinesiology major senior Caitlin Bronzan walked into class ten minutes early last Tuesday, Sept. 27 and found her professor and two other students using cleaning supplies to scrub the walls.

“We had to spend the first few minutes of class scrubbing the wall before we could even use it,” Bronzan said.  “And even after that, the walls were still too dirty to write on.”

Not only has the use of permanent markers been an issue, but a lack of proper cleaning supplies makes the whiteboard walls more difficult to clean in comparison to traditional whiteboards.

 After only three and a half weeks of class, the layers of marker residue have left the walls looking dingy. Many of the walls are also designed to function as a screen projector for in-class lectures and videos, but now classes are struggling to see projected material because of the marker covered walls.

“It’s sad to know how much money and work was put into the construction of the building and then for it to already be getting destroyed is heartbreaking,” Bronzan said. “The fact that so many maintenance workers have been laid off now means that these classrooms aren’t being cleaned or maintained properly and professors are having to use class time to do it.”