Friday, September 11, 2020

Date: September 11, 2020

Yesterday I went to the Welcome Center Library, to Bicentennial Study Hall, and to the Flamingo. Each space has a capacity of ten people. So a total of thirty could have been in these spaces. It was a total of four (all in the Flamingo) people using those spaces. Human psychology is interesting. We see the limited capacity signs and decide to stay away. At the same time, the Student Body President, Dillion Green, explains to the Dean that there is significant student anxiety about the lack of study places. Presumably what is happening is that everyone is assuming that other people are occupying the limited space in the Flamingo, Library, and Bicentennial Hall. As a result, very few students are actually using the spaces. It is also the beginning of the semester. As deadlines loom for assignments, usage of these spaces will increase. But I do invite all of us, as we create our study habits for this pandemic semester, to explore and try out the spaces available on the campus (which incidentally, in addition to the big three, includes some rooms in Addison). We can learn during this semester. It can be a season of growth. So please explore the campus and try out different spaces. We will be, during this semester, in constant review. We anticipate needing to be flexible. So if it becomes apparent that there is more demand for spaces, then we will want to work to accommodate that. We want this to be a productive and satisfying semester. The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President

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