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Hundreds of St. Mary's College of Maryland students learned this week that mold would force them to spend the rest of the semester living on a 300-foot cruise ship, docked beside campus on the St. Mary's River.
About 350 students had already moved to local hotels or reconfigured rooms last week because of mold in two dorms, which the Southern Maryland college blamed on damp conditions from Hurricane Irene and persistent rains. But on Tuesday, the college announced another move, this time to the Sea Voyager.
"I don't think the administrative staff realize just how much stress this is putting on the students," wrote displaced student Nigel Simmons. "We just got over last weekend's 'move tomorrow' nonsense, and now we go through the exercise again to move to accommodations that are even smaller and have less facilities? Is this saving money — because it's doing nothing for half of these 1st year students who are trying to settle into life and studying in a new environment."
"Why weren't the students given a say in the move?" asked another displaced student, Zia Frazier, who added that her grades were suffering because of the chaos.