More options mean less mischief

Editorial Cartoon by Michael Escañuelas
Editorial Cartoon by Michael Escañuelas

Although the University of La Verne provides an intimate atmosphere and great relationships between students and faculty, student life on campus leaves something to be desired.

During the weekend there are limited number of on-campus activities. The Campus Center has pool tables, video game access, and the ability to house movie nights and other events, but weekend hours do not provide enough time for students to make the most of it.

On Friday the Campus Center closes at 9 p.m., which is before all classes get out. It should stay open at least until midnight since students usually do not go to bed at 9 p.m. on a Friday night.

Also, if students want something to do that doesn’t involve partying, or going out and spending money they don’t have, their options for alternative activities on campus are limited.

If the Campus Center extended its hours a little bit, it would provide more opportunities for those who want to make friends with other students on weekends.

On Saturday the Campus Center closes at 5 p.m., which is also upsetting. If there is any concern that there will not be enough students using the Campus Center after 5 p.m. on Saturdays or 9 p.m. on Sundays, the least they could do is conduct a trial run.

La Verne is officially a dry campus, but without many organized activities, or a space to congregate, students, frankly are more inclined to drink or engage in mischief. Students should be able to enjoy their Campus Center at hours convenient for them because they pay good money to live on campus.

The operating hours of the gym also present a similar problem, particularly for those who aspire to a healthier life style.

The cardio room is not open on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, and the weight room closes at 2 p.m. on Friday and is not open for the rest of the weekend. Students generally have more flexibility to exercise on weekends.

Extending the operating hours of the gym would offer students a healthy and safe activity while promoting good health.

As for now, students can only go to the library, which does promote studying, but not a social atmosphere that should be expected on the weekend.

The University should foster a social and healthy atmosphere on the weekend by extending hours and providing programs that support the quality of life that the University of La Verne promotes.

With the expected increase in enrollment for the 2010-2011 school year, and an increase in tuition, this would be a worthy expenditure.

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