When students arrive at MSU for the fall semester, many expect to see the dorms in a stain-free, disinfected state with freshly painted walls and new light bulbs.
Craig Czajkowski helps to make sure it happens.
Czajkowski, an accounting senior, is one of about 60 students hired by Campus Living Services as facility maintenance workers to clean up Mason-Abbot and River Trail Neighborhoods this summer.
Student workers are broken up into teams based on the different neighborhoods on campus.
“We did everything on move-out day,” Czajkowski said. “Run elevators, (help with) parking, clean out all the rooms — it’s a process.”
While cleaning out the dorm rooms, some workers have found interesting items. Czajkowski said in one room he found fishnet pantyhose with fur on top, and in multiple rooms he found a decent amount of clothes and shoes, including multiple pairs of Jordan brand shoes.
Eric Parry works in the maintenance department and found a samurai sword in the trash his first summer, and this year he found dead animals that have been skinned and stuffed, such as wolves and ferrets, in a dorm
Parry attends Ferris State University, but said he continues to return to MSU because it’s a job and he knows the people he is working with.
For advertising senior Eric Higgins, finding multiple pregnancy tests laying out in the open, most still in the box, and a room in which it looked as if the student had been living in trash, has not broken his positive attitude about the job.
“I like it, everybody is really friendly,” Higgins said. “You are on your feet a bit, there’s some variety to it.”
Ryan Schember has been working with Campus Living Services for at least three summers, and this year is taking on the position of maintenance manager for the River Trail Neighborhood.
“We all get out at 4 p.m. so we do stuff after,” Schember, a history senior, said. “Most days it’s fun.”
Czajkowski said about half of the student workers live on campus and the other half live off campus.
“It’s empty, there’s not much to do when no one is here,” Czajkowski said. “(But) it’s not too bad, my roommate is still here.”