Is this seat saved? Students find it difficult to locate study space in ASH


By Richard Larson, Opinion Editor

If you have ever had class in Arts and Sciences Hall, then you have probably observed a lack of study-friendly areas within the building.
Whether you came early to get in some last minute studying or you have an hour between classes, the amount of electrical outlets and seating space is at a minimum.
There are the corner lounges on the east wing and the area in the middle of the first floor.
The corner lounges boast a couple of tables and small couches, with a public computer and few opportunities for juicing up laptops and phones.
On the first floor, you will find the largest study space in the building, equipped with vending machines and a place to prepare your sack lunch. The tables accommodate four people, and the jury is still out on comfort if you plan on a longer study session. Again, outlets are rare while sitting at the tables.
One of the worst situations, and extremely common, is how one person occupies each table. Students are not amongst a group or with a friend while studying between class, so why are the study spaces in a non-individual format?
I doubt you want to share a table with a stranger or desire Cheetos dust on their notes from that kid from English class eating his lunch across from you.
Other buildings on campus that have been renovated or recently been built have a variety of seating and have ample electrical capabilities.
Why is ASH not catching up to the student-centered atmosphere?
ASH was originally the entire college in its early years and has had various additions since. However, the building always feels like a volcanic torture chamber, with its magma-like temperatures and prehistoric décor.
The building has significant historical meaning, and that is nice. But what would be even better is to have a more inviting and reasonable space to excel academically.
With enrollment on a constant upward climb, we can only hope for upgrades to accommodate a higher population.