Students protest Library hours through sit out
Published: Friday, August 30, 2013
Updated: Friday, August 30, 2013 08:08
About 25 students remain outside, and two more students begin packing their belongings to head home.
Kyrie-Leigh Chambliss, a senior double majoring in gerontology and psychology, and Bradley Newell, a senior majoring in criminology, discussed how even though it is the first week of classes, and students may not realize how many people use the library late at night, it is still an important resource to many.
"This is something that we need as students," Chambliss said. "We need the library, and it doesn't make any sense that it's shut down... Everything's on (inside the library) but we can't use it. Not everyone has a place to study — they live with children, with uncooperative roommates, loud neighbors and some people can't have study groups in their apartments because their roommates don't want them to."
Chambliss said she works two jobs, double majors and is a student athlete on the Rugby team. She said she needs the extra hours because she doesn't have time to study at any other point during the day.
"I just have too busy of a schedule (during the day)," Newell said. "I come here almost at night almost every single day when the work is busy."
Two more media vans arrive, and the protestors group together by the front door of the library. Chambliss and Newell unpack their belongings and decide to stay with the rest of the group.
Camera crews are getting live footage of the protestors as they small talk with one another.
The news crews ask students why all the lights are on inside the building but they're not allowed inside. The students shrug and a few explain that the money needed to fund the extended hours is to pay staff and personnel.
More water and chips are passed around.
It's been fairly quiet as news crews continue to film B-roll of protestors sitting outside the library. Some students have left since the media arrived.
Approximately 15 students remain.
"If I were in the library right now," one student said. "I'd be in Starbucks."
"You know where I'd be?" another student responds. "I'd be in my seat, right there. I'm looking right at it."
Students in athletic wear walk past as they make their way to Campus Recreation, which opened 11 minutes ago.
A library employee walks up to the front door and swipes their ID. The doors open, and they make their way up the stairs to prepare for the library to open.
The students remaining are getting exhausted. Garzon walks up to the book depository and opens it, noticing that she can feel the air conditioning from inside the library if she looks inside the depository.
Garzon tells the others, and they rush over to try for themselves.
"Did it really takes us all night to find out about this?" Roop asks the group.
Six library employees have made their way into the building to prepare for opening at 7:30 a.m. The sun's starting to come up, and 15 students are still outside talking, reading and watching the surrounding camera crews.
The group is singing together to try to stay awake as more office lights turn on in the library.
The final head count as the library prepared to open was 15 students.
Garzon and Roop joke with one another about how tired they are as they walk around barefoot, trying to stay awake until the library opens.
The pair have been interviewed by five different media outlets over the course of the night and are proud to have gotten their message out to the public. They can also agree that it's been a long night.
"If you look on the group Facebook page, no one really knows what is going on," Garzon said. "It's great that we can all come together and get on the same page."
The night was a success, Garzon said, who felt that the evening was informative and did what it intended.
"It started off as a good turn out," Garzon said. "We started out with between 50 and 100 people here."
At about 2 a.m., Garzon said people started disappearing.
"It is only the fourth day of school," she said. "People ran out of things to study, if this were planned a couple of weeks later, there would have been a more popular turnout, but we couldn't wait that long. We had to have this now and address this now."