Commentary: Vendors, library not open late enough

It’s 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday and I’m walking through campus and have become thirsty.

I think about how refreshing it would be to have a cold drink, like an iced Passion tea from Starbucks, and head into the Curry Student Center, only to be greeted by a set of closed doors. This scene is all too familiar across campus during the summer. The one dining hall, where you can use a meal plan, closes at 7:30 p.m. most nights, and you might not see a full selection of food available if you arrive after 7 p.m. This may not seem too bad, but if you’re on co-op and don’t get back to campus until 6:30 p.m. or later, you have very little time to eat. The Curry Student Center food court is shut down by 7 p.m. (with some of the locations closing even earlier), meaning you can’t get a quick bite to eat there either. At a university that values experiential education, it seems hypocritical that students who are on co-op have nothing to come back to campus for in the evenings. With more, than 1,700 students living on campus, and many more students, faculty and staff taking classes, teaching or working, it is ridiculous that our campus is pretty much shut down before the sun sets. The student body deserves to have these locations available to them later. Where else do you know of a Wendy’s that closes before 10 p.m.? Or a Starbucks that closes at 6 p.m. on Fridays?

Locations to get food on campus isn’t the only problem. What about students who are in classes and need to accomplish tasks like writing papers or studying? During the spring and fall semesters, you could sit in the CyberCaf

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