Howard University students and alumni took their frustration public — and viral — Wednesday, with a gush of complaints on social media about problems at the iconic historically black university in Washington, D.C.
Their frustrations — often paired with affection and pride for the school — were both immediate and minute, longstanding and sweeping.
They complained about the air conditioning breaking down, mold in dorms, bureaucratic run-arounds, high tuition, rats, and hassles with financial aid.
University spokespeople and an alumni leader did not immediately respond to requests for comment Wednesday evening.
The university president posted a message on Twitter:
Still, people had much to say:
The school has a storied history, it is anticipating its 150th anniversary in 2017, and is a leading producer of doctoral degrees for black scholars.
It also has troubled finances.
In recent years, staff have been laid off at the private university, which receives substantial federal funding. The school’s credit rating has taken a hit.
Staff and students have made it clear that cuts have been felt.
On social media, people voiced frustration about problems in dorms, hassles with the administration, red tape and other issues.
Even in the midst of frustration, there was much love and loyalty for the school.