Mailroom moves to safer location

By Alexa Low

Last year the Quincy University Mail room had an issue where mail was being stolen from students mail boxes right around election time, leaving one student without her absentee ballot.

This year, the mail room has been moved to a safer and more convenient location in the basement of Francis Hall, room B11.

“In addition to being convenient I think this is a lot safer area for us. We have the addition of security cameras in here as well as out there watching the mailboxes so that there’s no problem with somebody getting into something that they’re not supposed to,” Shane Wingerter, mail room coordinator, said.

The mail room is open to faculty and students Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m and Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. while the mail boxes are available during the hours of Francis Hall, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

All resident student mail is typically delivered to student mailboxes by 11 a.m. on weekdays with no delivery on Saturday or Sunday. Students can pick up their packages at any time during the posted hours as long as they have their QU ID with them.

Moving the mail room has not only been a safer option for the QU students but some students also find the location more convenient.

“Most of my days are spent here in Frances, occasionally I’ll have to go to North Campus but I like it better here at Francis because I can just walk down right before I’m about to go to my room and grab my mail and it’s a lot easier for me,” Sofia Radice said.

Wingerter was surprised by the heavy influx of students in between class times.

“I think the accessibility of having the mail room in Francis Hall where most people have their classes ended up being a good thing. I see a lot more students than I thought I would see. The availability to pick up packages with that fifteen minute overlap between classes is really handy.”

The mail room is most busy during class times however the availability of the hours being extended to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday is something that students appreciate.

“I find it more helpful that as time goes on if I wanted to come get my package later in the day, it’ll be open,” Radice said.

Besides receiving mail, students also have the resources to send mail within the United States.

“The student would take their box, put the items in it and have their address label made up. They can being it in here and I can weigh it and give them an estimate right then and there of how much it would cost to send it wherever they’re sending it to,” Wingerter said.

Payments for packages must be in exact change. The mail room accepts cash and personal checks only.

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