Library hours cut as university spending shrinks
Published: Monday, August 26, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 07:08
Miller said he is hopeful all parties can come up with a workable solution for providing students with access to study spaces during those hours — a solution he said he is hopeful will be met as the semester picks up with academic intensity.
“If there is a solution, it’s in collaboration,” he said. “Our students are lobbying to study. That says wonderful things about them. They could be lobbying for beer or pizza. But they’re lobbying for a space to study.”
Melissa Garzon, a sophomore majoring in criminology, said she was upset when she heard of the changes. So she organized a “sit-out,” where she and her friends, who plan to be armed with power strips and doughnuts, are inviting anyone who wants to attend to join them in studying outside the Library on Thursday from 11:45 p.m. until it reopens Friday morning.
“This is anyway when people would normally be studying,” she said. “It’s not the same as an indoor setting, but we’re showing we really want to be there.”
Garzon said she doesn’t think students should have to pay A&S fees to use the library, but that it should be a cost covered by tuition.
“I wish this was something we had a vote on,” she said. “All you see are plants all around campus so it will look pretty and parents will want to send their kids to USF. But we don’t need more plants and more flowers — we actually use the Library. ... I feel like our tuition should be paying for the Library, not the pretty flowers around campus.”
Warmke said SG will release a survey Wednesday to collect student opinions which they will present to the Provost.
Both Warmke and Miller encouraged students to speak with them if they have concerns or want their voice heard on the issue.