By: Marianna Michael–
For most college students, Saturday is a day of rest and relaxation. That is, if you have not procrastinated all week. Since this is generally not the case, Saturday is better known as catch-up day.
For many students, when the weekend rolls around, it is spent running around town, completing all the errands that have been continuously put off. Then, when, say, 6:00 rolls around, students often decide that it’s time to study for the four tests they have in the upcoming week. The obvious place to do this is the library. However, as you walk up the steps, you notice that the doors are locked and no one is inside. This situation is unusual since it is a widely known fact that sections of the library stay open 24 hours a day, following SGA’s struggle to make the library more available to the student body.
This “fact” is not actually true. The library seems to have limited hours when it comes to the weekends. Do they think that because it is the weekend, professors assign less work? Or is it that students do not study on the weekends? Both of these statements are undeniably and obviously untrue. SGA fought a hard battle to keep the library accessible for 24 hours a day so that students could use the resources that they are paying for. This injustice is made even more unacceptable as students watch their tuition steadily increase.
The request for more open availability was not meant to inconvenience anyone – SGA did not ask for anyone to be at the checkout desk when they switched to the 24-hour schedule. No one has asked for the Tulip Tree Café to be open. Students just need the tables, chairs, rooms and computers to be available. Our tuition is paying for the security guards it takes to run it, so why is the university’s money not spent with the best interest of the student body in mind?
Students deserve to have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that if they suddenly find themselves needing to study at the last minute, they can have a quiet place to go. The money spent to attend U of L should guarantee this and no student should have to deal with the frustration of finding the library closed when they need it most.
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