Low ceiling in tunnels prove potential hazard

By Adam Duke

News Contributor

In the tunnels between Old Main and Horan O’Donnell, there is a point where the ceiling drops to approximately five and a half feet.

According to Dr. Terri Mangione, Canisius’ Vice President for Student Affairs, there has never been a formal complaint filed to her about the ceiling. She also confirmed that Tom Ciminelli, the Director of Facilities Management, has not mentioned receiving any complaints either.

“[Ciminelli] said that the reason that it is lower there is because there’s HVAC ductwork,” said Mangione.  “It’s the ductwork, the heating and cooling for the library and other places that runs through there.”

Being that the ceiling is so low, any student over 5 feet, 5 inches tall who is not paying attention while walking could potentially hit the ceiling. Being the digital era, it is not unheard of that a student may be concentrated on a mobile device. The fact that this ceiling is located above a ramp creates an even larger potential for injury, as anyone walking down the ramp could accelerate as they get closer to Old Main and, more notably, the low ceiling.

Mangione also stated that she has not seen any reports from public safety or student health regarding any injuries and said if one had ever arisen, it would’ve been looked into already.

“I’ll talk with Tom Ciminelli about whether or not it could be padded, if people are hitting their heads,” said Mangione. “If you’re saying there’s some suggestion out there to see if we could pad it in some way to keep people from getting injured, sure, we’ll take a look at that.”

“I just hit my head on the ceiling of a tunnel at Canisius,” tweeted Alex Valvo, ‘16 on November 30.  “I’m 5’7 and that’s the first time it’s happened in the 4.5 years I’ve been here.”

Valvo tweeted a picture of the tunnel in question, confirming that students have hit their heads there.  The Griffin encourages administration to consider placing padding on the lowest parts of the ceiling to avoid future injury.

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