Students request late-night food and resources

Students Jordan Graham, Mesha Kelley and Katie Hartman study late at night in the basement of the library. Senior Jacob Johnson said the library should be open 24/7 to allow students with hectic work schedules to study.

Many students say they stay up late studying and getting their homework done, but they have trouble finding a quiet place with Internet access.

They say the library closing at 1 a.m., and computer labs closing even earlier make it difficult to complete those tasks.

The top reasons for on campus facilities closing at night are cleaning, security issues and the cost of keeping the buildings staffed, said Vice President for Student Affairs David Shields.

“I stay up really late, especially when it comes to finishing papers,” said freshman Maddie Palmer. “I write at least three essays every week so staying up trying to study and research, I need the Internet connection. I would be in the library later than 1 a.m. if it was open.”

Shields said if the students live in residence halls, they can use the lobbies to study.

He said the university has looked at keeping food services open later at night but if only a few students are eating there at that time, then there is no point of having the food service open.

The best way students can share their issues or a problem is to request SGA address them, he said.

Senior Jacob Johnson said the library should be open 24/7 since students have to work.

“They don’t have an option but to do their homework at late hours,” Johnson said. “It would be great if the library was open all day Saturday and Sunday.”

Many students who stay up complain about being hungry because the campus food services close early.

Towers Cafeteria closes at 7 p.m., GUC food service closes at 4 p.m., The Commons closes at 10 p.m., and WOW closes at 11 p.m.

“I wish Sodexo was open later because you have to work around their schedule,” said freshman Renae Mosley. “I will start studying, and I will have to stop to eat realizing it’s almost 7 p.m.”

Officials also say security concerns force the university to close locations early.

“If you only have a few people in the building, it doesn’t justify the cost of keeping it open,” Shields said. “You have to staff the building, and we also provide police officers there.”

In the case of an emergency, authorities would have difficulty locating students if they were in the upper levels of The Commons, for example, Shields said.

Sophomore Savanna Terry said she wishes there were more places for study groups to collaborate at night.

“I feel like there should be a place that isn’t run by people because that is probably part of the issue — the people that run it have to go to bed,” Terry said. “There should be a place that students maintain to be able to study.”