Students at UT Austin use social media to complain about three main things.
1. Almost getting run over by cyclists on Speedway.
If I had a dollar for every time I’ve nearly gotten ran over here at UT, I could probably afford tuition for undergrad AND med school.— Itssel (@itsselll) February 7, 2018
UT culture is wearing Chacos and having your foot run over by someone riding a bike on Speedway— Park(er)s and Rec (@the_parkerc) January 22, 2018
Dear UT,— Sarah Ford (@thefordie97) October 26, 2017
While you’re fixing Speedway, can you add a bike lane?
2. The showers in Jester.
I seriously have to get lucky to get to shower with hot water.. 2/10, don’t recommend Jester West.— Ernest Jr. (@_ErnestM_) February 1, 2018
Taking a shower in Jester is like trying to get the exact weight of a feather on a scale, move it .0001 mm to the left and all is lost and skin is burned.— sincerely taelen (@taelenblaise) February 1, 2018
I love when my Jester Shower® never heats up— DeBa (@nickdeba) January 23, 2018
3. The ongoing, never-ending, everlasting construction projects.
UT maze game: Find a route to class without walking into a construction barricade— Brittney Bryant (@brittmb_7) February 6, 2018
UT students: UT can't be under anymore construction!— Gracie Seiber (@lightsofmyeye98) February 6, 2018
UT: hold my beer! pic.twitter.com/8lSEW4ioG1
But there’s one place construction isn’t happening: the music building.
Recently, one UT student tweeted out a photo of broken roof tiles in the music building, hoping to get the attention of the administration, but instead created a movement for a wave of other upset students to voice their concerns as well.
#SaveBSOM addressed a lack of support and funding to refurbish the music building.
I love how @UTAustin is building so many new buildings on campus but the music school is LITERALLY falling apart. This tile fell from the roof yesterday, luckily nobody was underneath it at the time. We were hosting auditions and anybody could have easily gotten hurt. #SaveBSOM pic.twitter.com/bW4NdLmdrF— itspabloe (@itspabloe) February 4, 2018
Update: ANOTHER piece from the ceiling fell today... this is becoming a serious problem why is @gregfenves and @UTAustin not doing ANYTHING ABOUT THIS?????? #SAVEBSOM!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/4JozHl3vdV— itspabloe (@itspabloe) February 5, 2018
“While I understand a lot of money is donated to redo other buildings, the Butler School is in a sad condition,” Sarah Milligan said on Twitter.
While I understand a lot of money is donated to redo other buildings, the Butler School is in a sad condition that I am reminded of it every time a loud bang sounds while in the elevators or damages around the building as shown below are seen. #supportfinearts https://t.co/EmnffJO5Jo— Sarah Milligan (@SM_Artsblog) February 6, 2018
Also this isn’t something that just started happening, these are some pictures from LAST semester!!!! pic.twitter.com/Z7DFU6lFQq— Veronica Lopez (@Veerrrooooooo) February 4, 2018
I swear UT forgets it even has a fine arts department. I remember constantly taking the stairs bc you couldn’t trust whether or not the elevator would work.— sleepy spice (@bleakhoe) February 5, 2018
Students wrote specifically to university president, Greg Fenves, in hope of getting his attention.
Hey @UTAustin @gregfenves @UTAustinNews, at least 15 ceiling tiles have fallen in the Butler School of Music. Our tuition keeps increasing for what?? Nothing has been done by UT to help this school. This is so dangerous to your students. Shameful.— Zokage (@zoemonet18) February 5, 2018
Photos from @itspabloe pic.twitter.com/KytcEHaayS
When ut calls bsom alum to donate money.... 1. got a music degree 2. WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?????— Born Again Virgins (@bavatx) February 7, 2018
BSOM is having auditions right now, and what were showing is that we have a terrible facility. Then when people don’t come, you’ll say that music isn’t drawing in students, and then continues the cycle of you doing nothing to advance your fine arts programs.— Zokage (@zoemonet18) February 5, 2018
President Fenves has not replied yet.