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January 18, 2013

SUNY Oneonta seeking home for students after fire


A group of male students joked about the fact that toiletries were plentiful and what they needed was underwear and socks.

“Sad as it is, all we can do is laugh,’’ Sean Moran, 20, a sophomore from Massapequa, said. “We’re making the best of it.’’

Kleniewski also reached out to parents of Matteson Hall residents early Thursday afternoon to offer an update on recovery efforts and thank them for their patience.

Matteson Hall students will be able to make appointments to gain access to their rooms to retrieve essential items by 2 p.m. today, pending a final safety evaluation by the Oneonta Fire Department, a release said.

“I know that Matteson’s residents are eager to recover their personal belongings and get back to their normal routines,’’ Kleniewski said in a statement to the campus community that was posted on social media. “In the meantime, the college will continue to provide for the students and staff who have been displaced from their homes as a result of the fire.”

Several students said Thursday that they were elsewhere on campus when the fire broke out and couldn’t go into Matteson Hall to collect any possessions.

“I was at the gym — that’s why I have nothing,’’ said Alex Burke, 20, a junior from Massapequa.

The college’s Residence Life Office staff was to meet with students to discuss housing options and other matters, a release said, and faculty members who teach Matteson Hall residents have been asked to give them special consideration regarding attendance, assignment deadlines and being prepared for class during this difficult time, the release said. SUNY Oneonta’s counseling staff also has been available to students.

The SUNY College at Oneonta Foundation is accepting donations to benefit victims of the fire. To make a gift online, visit Gifts should be designated to the “Matteson Hall Fire Fund,” a release said, and checks may be made payable to the SUNY College at Oneonta Foundation and submitted to the Office of College Advancement, 308 Netzer Administration Building, SUNY Oneonta, Oneonta, NY 13820.

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