Ben Mall | Tuesday, March 29, 2011
I have been kicked out of the so-called “student lounge” in Coleman-Morse for the last time. Almost every single time I have gone to study in Room 104 of Coleman-Morse, the Hammes Student Lounge, it has been reserved for some event or some group. Why call this place a student lounge if students do not have regular access to it? I think the lounge in Coleman-Morse is a great place to study for its quiet and calming atmosphere. Besides that, it has a very convenient location and for those of us who live a far distance from campus, the student lounge is a great place to hang out in between classes or other meetings. So why deprive students of this excellent study-space oasis?
Talking to the building manager’s office, people do not need to be student-groups to reserve the space. The current policy for the Hammes Student Lounge should be changed so that nobody can reserve this space. This space should remain open all of the time for all students to share in its use. In addition, the groups (especially the non-student groups) who are constantly reserving the beloved student lounge should be moved to other locations on this campus designed for such activities like McKenna Hall.
If the current policy persists, I plan on reserving the Hammes Student Lounge for students (What a strange notion!). If you happen to swing by the lounge and see those dreaded “RESERVED” signs, check to make sure they do not say “Reserved for ALL Students” before angrily leaving to search out another study spot.