Students sit outside Library early into the morning
Published: Friday, August 30, 2013
Updated: Friday, August 30, 2013 03:08
Kowal's shift would go from 11:30 p.m. until 3:30 a.m. each night, and after his shifts, he said he would stay at the library after work, find a corner upstairs, and do his school work for his upcoming days of classes.
"Studying's not going to stop," Kowal said. "Obviously, the studying still has to happen, but will it be as effective studying? Sometimes you need the environment of everyone around you also studying, and you need to buckle down."
Near the vending machine room, freshmen Samuel Waters, a biomedical sciences major, and Cassidy Den, a marketing major, sit with blankets and books and talk amongst themselves.
"They didn't lower our tuition, in fact, it went up," Waters said. "I don't see the point of reserving our money to use at a later date when we can be using it now, on our library hours."
"I personally think it's bad business for USF to promise us something and not deliver," Den said. "It just looks bad on the university to be promising us something and then not deliver... It's just not fair for us as students to not to be able to use our library hours as promised."
Den and Waters said they were able to use the library during 24/5 over the summer term when they arrived at campus, but were surprised when they changed the hours when fall semester came along.
The gym opening earlier than the library also came up in conversation.
"That just makes it seem like USF is more interested in their athletics than their academics," Den said.
"Being a big research school, you would think they want to focus more on their academics than their football team or extracurriculars," Waters said.