Monday, January 26, 2015
Now that spring is approaching, it’s getting close to time for spring cleaning! Spring cleaning is a custom of cleaning your house, apartment, or other residence from top to bottom once per year. This is an especially great idea when living on campus, since mold, mildew, and grime can build up over time and lead to damages when you check out. Here’s a quick list of things to make sure you’re hitting this season to keep up your apartment:
· Make sure to dust everything – shelves, blinds, vents, air conditioning units (if you have them), moldings (strips between walls and floors or ceilings), lights and light fixtures, and anything else that may need it.
· Wash your windows.
· Clean blinds and shower curtains – shower curtains can gather mold after sustained use with no cleaning.
· Flip your mattress – this should be done every so often to extend the life of your mattress.
· Vacuum carpeted areas and wash tile/wood flooring.
· Check smoke detector batteries.
· Wipe down furniture.
A few more things you could do while you’re at it include cleaning out your medicine/makeup cabinet, donating old clothes, organizing paperwork, and cleaning out the files in your computer.
Happy spring cleaning!
Monday, January 19, 2015
Just a few friendly reminders about NDSU policies as we start another semester
The following things are not allowed in the NDSU apartments:
· Alcohol (regardless of age)
· Pets (other than fish in a 10 gallon tank)
· Overnight Guests of the opposite sex
Please also remember to escort your guests at all times, to maintain quiet hours from 10pm to 10am, and to keep window screens on at all times.
Violations of any of the above rules may result in a policy violation, and a conduct hearing.
These rules are for the safety and security of everyone who lives in the apartment community. More information about these rules can be found in the NDSU Calendar Handbook.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Welcome back to Spring Semester! As complex managers, we are looking forward to working with each one of you! We have some fun and exciting programs coming up, and can't wait to participate in some fun apartment community activities. Head on over to our apartment Facebook page (NDSU Apartments) for updates on NDSU apartment programs, policies, and events.
Monday, December 8, 2014
1. Say NO to cramming: Study in intervals! Studying in 20-50 minute increments and giving yourself 5-10 minutes in between is more beneficial than cramming. Distributing learning over time typically benefits long-term retention more than a short period.
2. Say YES to cardio: Science says that just 20 minutes of cardio can improve your memory. Whether your dancing, jogging or busting a sweat by walking, exercise will increase your energy level and reduce the effects of stress. Very important!
3. Eat super foods/antioxidants: Everybody knows you should eat breakfast the day of a big test. Research suggests that high-carb, high-fiber, slow-digesting foods like oatmeal are best (oatmeal is more fulfilling than cereal). But what you eat a week in advance matters, too. When 16 college students were tested on attention and thinking speed, then fed a five-day high-fat, low-carb diet heavy on meat, eggs, cheese and cream and tested again, their performance declined. The students who ate a balanced diet that included fruit and vegetables, however, held steady, says Cameron Holloway, a senior clinical researcher at the University of Oxford. When you study, your brain consumes glucose, so take a five-minute break every hour to let your body produce more fuel for your studying. Eating a healthy snack is very beneficial and can make a significant difference (almonds, fruit, and yogurt are good choices).
4. Alternate study spots: Shake up your finals routine! Spending all night in the library can be draining. According to the New York Times, simply alternating the room where a person studies improves retention. In an experiment, psychologists found that college students who studied a list of 40 vocabulary words in two different rooms — one windowless and cluttered, the other modern, with a view on a courtyard — did far better on a test than students who studied the words twice, in the same room. Why? Supposedly, the brain makes subtle associations between what it is studying and the background sensations it has at the time. Try alternating your study spots between the library, a study room, and a quiet coffee house.
5. Time management: Cramming causes anxiety, which lowers your ability to retain information. By creating a balanced study plan and schedule, you will be able to study each subject in its entirety and ultimately boost your test performance.
6. Avoid the all-nighter: Almost every college student pulls an all-nighter, but it is a bad idea. Based on a 2008 study by Pamela Thacher, Associate Professor of Psychology at St. Lawrence University, all-nighters impair reasoning and memory for as long as four days. As a result, you will receive lower grades. But that’s not all; you would then be forced to wake up earlier than expected–and that’s bad too. According to Dan Taylor, director of a sleep-and-health-research lab at the University of North Texas, this will interfere with rapid-eye movement (REM), which aids memory. So, get a good night’s sleep and expect to perform better on tests. (Quick tip: Review the toughest material right before going to bed the night before the test. It makes it easier to recall the material later, adds Taylor!)
7. MINIMIZE distractions: Research shows that while many teens prefer to study while listening to music, texting friends, or watching television, they are less likely to retain information that way. If you must listen to music, stick to instrumental music and consider downloading these study tools to keep you focused!
8. MAXIMIZE practice testing: You may have thought highlighting; re-reading and summation would be effective ways to study. Think again! A 2013 study, Improving Students’ Learning With Effective Learning Techniques, found that these techniques do not consistently boost students’ performance. Practice testing through the use of flashcards, or taking practice exams was observed to be a highly effective studying technique.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Check-out Information: University Apartments
PRIOR TO CHECK-OUT
Make a check-out appointment with your Complex Manager at least five days prior to vacating your apartment. All roommates must be present during check-out.
Make sure your account at the NDSU Bison Connection is up-to-date; this should include the current month’s rent.
Change your address using Campus Connection.
File a “change of address” card at the Post Office to ensure the prompt forwarding of your mail. (UV and Bison Court only)
Contact NDSU Telecommunications (701.231.8401) to discontinue telephone service (if applicable).
Contact Xcel Energy (1.800.895.4999) to inform them of the date you would like to have your service terminated or to transfer the account into your roommate’s name. (UV only)
Discontinue all deliveries to your apartment (i.e. newspapers, magazines, cable television, etc.)
Rent will be billed up to and including the day you check-out, provided the required 60-day notice has been given. When vacating, you must provide the Department of Residence Life with a written notice of intent to vacate sixty (60) days in advance. Failure to provide proper notice will result in one of the following breach of agreement fees:
· Licensees that are short 10 days or less of the required 60 day notice will be assessed rent through the end of the 60 day period.
· Licensees that are short between 11 and 30 days of the required 60 day notice will be assessed a $250 fee.
· Licensees that are short between 31 and 60 days of the required 60 day notice will be assessed a $500 fee.
APARTMENT CHECK-OUT APPOINTMENT
You must contact your Complex Manager to set up a check-out appointment at least five days prior to vacating. Failure to do so will result in a $50 improper check-out fee. Check-outs may be completed daily from 8:30am to 6:00pm. During the apartment inspection your Complex Manager will compare the current condition of the apartment with the condition listed on the Inventory and Condition Form that was submitted following your check-in. All belongings must be removed from the apartment before starting your check-out. Please allow at least 30 minutes for your check-out appointment.
The information listed under “cleaning tips” should provide you some assistance in meeting the university standards for cleaning your apartment. If these standards are not met when vacating your apartment, you will be assessed charges for the necessary repairs and/or cleaning. To do a thorough and complete job, the following cleaning materials will be needed:
· Dust pan
· Toilet cleaner
· Oven cleaner
· Tub and tile cleaner
· Vacuum and carpet cleaner (if carpeted)
· Plastic gloves
· Mark remover (ex. Magic Eraser)
Please note: If the apartment is not vacating completely and a roommate/roommates remain, all items on this cleaning list must still be completed with the exception of unplugging and defrosting your fridge. Following these cleaning guidelines to make cleaning easier and to reduce the chances of charges.
o Be sure that the circuit breaker for the stove is off prior to cleaning your stove. When cleaning the stove, pull it away from the wall and counter. Do a complete job using hot water and a non-abrasive soap for the exterior. Use an oven cleaner for the oven interior.
o Pull stove from wall. Clean the back, walls and floor around/under stove.
o Tilt burners back and remove drip trays and burner rings. Soak the drip trays in hot, soapy water while you are cleaning the remainder of the stove. If the drip trays do not come clean after soaking and scrubbing, you will need to replace them.
o Lift the flat top portion of the stove and clean the portion under the burners and drip trays. You may need to use a soft plastic scraper to remove crusted material if it does not come clean with a damp rag and detergent.
o Clean the oven with oven cleaner. Follow the directions for the cleaner and be thorough. When finished, put the oven rack(s), broiler tray and pans back into place.
o Clean the exterior of the oven with warm water and detergent. Please do not spray the control panel with oven cleaner as it can short out the stove’s electrical system.
o Pull the fridge away from the wall and vacuum the evaporator coils on the back.
o Unplug the fridge to defrost. Leave the door open to avoid mold build up.
o Remove racks and drawers; clean the inside with detergent and water. Rinse and dry thoroughly to prevent mold from forming.
o Clean refrigerator shelves, ice trays, and drawers.
o Leave refrigerator door/freezer door propped open when finished cleaning.
Dishwasher (Niskanen Only)
o Wipe off front of dishwasher with detergent and a rag.
o Run dishwasher empty one last time prior to vacating.
o Wipe out inside of microwave with detergent and a rag.
o Remove tray and wash with hot soapy water.
o Wipe microwave door and handle off.
o Dry inside of Microwave thoroughly, put tray back, and leave door propped open.
o Remove any shelf paper from cabinets.
o Clean all shelves and drawers inside and out with a damp rag.
o Wash countertops thoroughly.
o Wash the sink including the fixture.
o Use a non-abrasive cleaner to remove any marks and water stains.
o Thoroughly rinse and wipe dry when complete.
Close the screen door(s) tightly. Screens should be repaired if torn and the storm window(s) left closed and locked. (UV only)
Wipe down the inside and outside of entrance door(s). Wipe off window ledges. Remove any tape, adhesive stickers, etc. from door(s).
Clean the light cover and mirror.
Clean the fan.
Remove any shelf paper from cabinets.
Clean all shelves and drawers inside and out with a damp rag.
Wash countertops thoroughly.
Clean the toilet with disinfectant both inside and out including the toilet seat and bowl. Scrub the bowl with a long-handled brush and bowl cleaner.
Wash the sink including the fixture.
Use a non-abrasive cleaner to remove any marks and water stains from sink.
Thoroughly rinse sink and wipe dry when complete.
Clean the tub with a bleach or ammonia cleaner. Use a brush to remove any mold/mildew around the tub. If using bleach or ammonia, make sure to run the bathroom fan.
Clean shower curtain. If unable to get curtain clean you will need to replace them. No see-through shower curtains are allowed.
Do Not strip or re-wax floors.
Sweep or dust mop floors first, then wet mop floors with cool or warm water (never use hot water).
Frequently rinse the mop in clean water as you work.
Carpeted areas should be vacuumed thoroughly.
Check walls for any marks including tape, adhesive stickers, fingerprints, crayons, and any other marks that can be removed with detergent and water.
Wipe off light switches, wall plates, trim boards, window ledges, curtain rods and radiators.
Wipe out window sills and make sure storm and screen windows are closed and locked.
Sweep and wet mop stairs in stairwell, wipe down walls of stairwell with detergent and water (UV only)
Replace any burned out light bulbs. If they are not replaced you will be charged for them.
Carefully remove and wash all light fixtures.
Turn off and cover air conditioners, and place remote on top. (Niskanen only)
Remove all mail from mailbox prior to check-out.
All personal possessions, garbage, etc. needs to be removed from the apartment at the time of check-out. If these items are not removed, you will be charged for removal. You will need to submit your keys at check-out as well.