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Is the Renovation Needed Now?

“Maybe the university should focus more on maintaining what is already here rather than advancing one area and leaving another lacking.” Photo from: http://i1.wp.com/www.andassoc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/WhittHall.png?fit=476%2C305

Anyone who has been on Radford’s campus has seen the various renovations that have been happening across the campus. Whitt Hall has been under reconstruction for the entirety of this academic year, and the old apartments that used to be home to several humanities departments are long gone and are being replaced with a new parking lot. Just this year, the new College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences building, or CHuBS, opened up after several years of construction. Several of the dorms in Moffett Quad were reopened after renovations last academic year. In fact, it seems like as soon as one construction project is finished, a new one begins. All of these new improvements are very nice and provide great facilities for both students and staff, but is all of it really necessary right now?

There’s no arguing that many of the new renovations and additions to Radford campus are needed; many of these buildings are very old and are in desperate need of an upgrade. But the real question is whether or not these renovations are the best option right now. After all, there have been instances of various departments around campus lacking in funding and supplies. So far, none of these instances have been a real issue, but maybe the university should focus more on maintaining what is already here rather than advancing one area and leaving another lacking. This is not to be ungrateful for the new facilities that we have (they are very nice and very helpful) but more so for the idea of spreading the help around and making sure every department gets what they need first before we spend more money. Not to mention that sometimes all of the construction going on can cause a bit of trouble for students as it often closes off pathways people typically use.

Open the buildings on weekends for better students!

In the past few weeks, I’ve been trying to be a more diligent student by using my Saturday afternoons to catch up on work. Unfortunately, Radford University doesn’t feel that it’s necessary to open many of its academic buildings on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Young Hall, for instance, is open from 6-10 p.m. on Saturdays, and then it opens for 24 hours a day at 10 p.m. Sunday night and stays open through Friday night. So when I was looking to get some work done at 2 p.m., the Young lab was a no-go.

Young Hall. Photo by Brian Hollingsworth.

The computer lab in Whitt Hall is also inconveniently unavailable on Saturdays, and this lab is the only lab that has the software necessary for many business and economics majors to get their work done. My question is, what message do these policies send to RU students?

I feel like not having these buildings available is like telling the students that they should procrastinate. It’s almost like saying, “All you’re doing is recovering from last night, drinking and partying today, so it isn’t worth the money or effort to keep these buildings open.”

I think the university should cater more to the academically diligent students than to those who choose to procrastinate. Why can I do my work at 4 a.m. on Monday morning but not at 4 p.m. on Saturday afternoon? I feel like it’s a really backward way of thinking and that this type of thinking is what is going to keep RU’s reputation from improving.

Where do you study? Photo by Brian Hollingsworth.

I think the university should be doing everything it can to make it easier and more convenient for students to study and work; after all, that is why we’re here. I honestly don’t think it would hurt anyone to keep these buildings open, but I do think it is hurting students by keeping them closed.

Yes, we could go to the library, but the library computers get crowded very easily, they don’t always have the necessary computer software and resources, and sometimes the library is a difficult place to concentrate.

RU spent a lot of money renovating Young Hall, fitting it with the latest and most technologically advanced amenities and designing multiple study areas throughout the building for students to utilize, and yet they are completely unavailable during the weekend except when everyone is cramming for finals at the end of each semester. Again, this is totally sending the wrong message. Our professors expect us to study and review for their tests weeks in advance, and many of us have plenty of free time on the weekends, but the areas that are most conducive to studying on campus are unavailable to us.

Even the four hours that Young Hall is open are very inconvenient. Great, right when I’m trying to have dinner and catch up with my friends, that’s exactly when I want to be studying.

I think that if these buildings were open on Saturday and Sunday afternoons they would get used a lot more on weekends than they currently do, and I feel that the university would be supporting the reason we’re all here instead of the depth of their pockets.