Alternative overnight study areas available during finals week

Published by , Author: Hannah Shumsky - Rocket Contributor , Date: December 7, 2017
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For the first in recent history, Bailey Library will not be open 24/7 during finals week; however, Spotts World Cultures building has been designated as an alternate location, and the ARC will hold overnight hours for select days during finals week.

According to Mary Ann King, director of academic resources, Bailey will not be open overnight during finals week due to student safety while renovations continue.

“There’s some areas where the construction is happening that we don’t want people to access, and if it’s open 24/7, it’s really hard to monitor that,” King said. “This was a decision by the library staff to do this, and it was all about safety for the students.”

Construction is currently on schedule for Bailey to fully open at the beginning of the spring 2018 semester.

During finals week, Bailey will be open 10 a.m. to midnight on Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to midnight on Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday. According to Jennifer Bartek, library building manager, students will be able to study in Bailey until midnight, then relocate to Spotts for the rest of the night.

These classrooms are 100, 101, 102, 103, 105, 113, 115, 117, 118 and 120. Rooms 116, 209, 213, 216, 307 and 315 are students study spaces that will be available for overnight use as well. A police officer will be stationed in Spotts during this time.

The designated classrooms in Spotts will be available from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Because custodians will need to clean rooms before finals start at 8 a.m., the classrooms will close at 6 a.m. Each designated room will have a sign outside that lists the hours for overnight study.

The ARC will also be open from 6 a.m. on Monday to 11 p.m. on Wednesday, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Thursday and 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday. The ARC was open overnight for part of finals week in the spring 2017 semester, but there was a small turnout of students studying due to lack of publicity on the event.

The ARC will also host several group fitness activities Monday evening through Wednesday, including Pilates, BOGA Fit, ROCKSpin, Glow Yoga, BOGA Yoga, Hip Hop & Abs and SpinSANITY.

Study tables will be located in the lobby, television/vending area, kitchen and, depending on turnout, Gym B. Healthy snacks will also be provided. The ARC is working alongside the HOPE Peer Educators to provide more activities for stress relief.

“There’s just so much else going on that, to me, relieving their stresses is paramount to some of their studying,” Karen Perry, director of campus recreation, said.

All other academic buildings will lock at each respective building’s closing time. Each building’s closing time can be found by contacting campus police.

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Hannah is a senior secondary English education major and communication minor entering her third year on The Rocket staff and her second year as editor-in-chief. Previously, she served as assistant news editor and covered Student Government Association affairs. After graduation, she hopes to teach English, communications and journalism to high school students. Hannah has won numerous awards for her writing and design work with The Rocket and was named SRU's Student Leader of the Year in 2020. Outside of The Rocket, Hannah is also part of WSRU-TV, Sigma Tau Delta and the Honors College.

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