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Short weekend library hours halt studying

Nov. 4, 1998

One recent Friday night, I wanted to get ahead on a research paper. After an hour at the library, all the lights went out except for the emergency lights in the halls. My first reaction was that either Baylor had an all-campus blackout, or this was a sign that the library ladies wanted me to leave. Soon after my research came to an abrupt halt, I was informed that Moody was closed. It was 10 p.m.! I willingly moved to the lobby to finish my studying but was escorted out because the entire library was shutting down. My efforts to be a diligent student were severed by the library's short weekend hours. Since when did the educational process stop on Friday and Saturday nights?

So I am pleading to extend the library hours because it does not accommodate my study habits. I know that I am in the minority when I'm complaining about wanting more study time. I am a full-fledged geek, I can't deny it.

However, I must inform the Baylor libraries that I am sure I wasn't the only student studying in the library at 10 on Friday night, and if the library would have been open, I am certain I wouldn't have been the only one at midnight. If the students want to study, let the university give them a place to study.

Currently Moody is the best refuge for those of us pulling all-nighters. When we have left our research paper until the last minute, we can frantically roam the library until 1 a.m. and type it the remainder of the night in the computer lab. I am sincerely appreciative that the lobby and lab are open 24 hours a day during the week for emergency situations such as procrastination. Yet I also see the need to standardize the library operations on Fridays and Saturdays until 1 a.m. instead of 10 p.m.

This not only gives the students a place to study on the weekends, but it alleviates the hassle of memorizing the library hours. Baylor should provide us the opportunity to study as long as we do on the weekdays.

Let's consider the options of opening the lobby for 24 hours two more nights. How hard would it be to find workers willing to cover two more nights? If there are overachiever studiers, surely there are powerhouse workers to keep Moody open.

If keeping Moody open all night on Fridays and Saturday is impossible or not cost-efficient, Baylor must consider other options. Give students a study hall that can accommodate us in computer and study needs everyday and night. Why must I get stressed out on the weekends hunting for a study hall?

Frankly, I am surprised that this is a problem at Baylor.

Being a school that claims academic excellence, Baylor should really consider the problem that we don't have a place to be academically superior on the weekends. I sure hope I can keep up with the rest of the nation based on my study habits.

Student Congress wants to present this need to administration. Please make your opinions known about Moody Library Hours on the 1998 Student Life Survey located on the Baylor home page this month.

(Jayme Horning is a sophomore journalism and telecommunications major from Pasadena.)

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