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Final remarks, campus aspirations

February 17, 2011

by Danielle Cintron, EDITOR

In my four years of attending Tech, never before have I had such a dragging winter quarter.

With all of the breaks and weather closures, my class work has somehow been pushed to the side, and I’ve gotten down to the wire with turning everything in on time.

Papers are due, exams are creeping up, and instead of focusing on those, I will be heading out of town with the journalism department for the annual Southeastern Journalism Conference.

Happily, I can report that The Tech Talk-ers have placed in several categories, including College Newspaper of the Year.

This, of course, will call for a celebration, but, instead of going with the festivities, most of us will have our noses to the books for final tests and fingers to the keyboards trying to make that one thought into a passing research paper.

Even as I write this, I’m using a class period to save myself time. It’s all one large rush to get finished lately, and I feel my time has finally ended. Winter 2011 has been one of the more eventful middle quarters I have seen at Tech.

The university seems to be finally catching up with the 21st century in some ways. Construction and destruction have continued the past few years, and students will have the benefit of a new eatery, McAlister’s Deli, on campus.

Tech is moving forward with newer buildings and living quarters, beautifing the face of the university and becoming a more sophisticated, technologybased school.

Yet, with as many steps taken forward, Tech is still behind in some ways.

I have written before about the lack of public transportation available to the students on and off campus, and as Tech expands its grounds, adding buildings and taking away parking lots, a shuttle bus to and from campus is becoming more appealing and necessary.

When the gravel lots on West Arizona do close, commuters will be pushed further back and off campus making getting to class on time a bit more difficult.

Other concerns I have heard about center on our non-traditional students. Tech does not offer much to support this percentage of students.

Of the student body, 34 percent are non-traditional, and because the university doesn’t offer any type of day-care, as University of Utah and Louisiana State University do which a just two of many nationwide, I have ended up in classes with mothers and their children. It shouldn’t have to be that way for the non-traditional students.

As far as the campus grounds, I?believe safety is still an issue. This past year alone has made me realize that Tech is not in a protective bubble.

Cars have had tires, radios and various valuables stolen from them all while being parked on campus grounds.

It’s strange to me to know that the areas where we live and park are being patrolled, but when something suspicious happens such as tires being stripped off of a car, no one noticed.

It’s my belief that the campus needs better lighting for students who have to walk through the grounds to get to their dorms and apartments.

It would also be nice to see more of a presence from the Tech police personnel.

It’s comforting to know that they are around if you need them, but it would be nice to see more emergency call boxes around the apartment complexes.

Tech is taking the steps to make this university more user friendly, and I believe that this campus has the potential to become something other than the commuter college it’s been labeled.

With these final thoughts and suggestions, whether anyone takes them, or they end up in Friday’s trash bin, I wish you all a happy winter quarter and hope you enjoy the new beginning spring brings.

 

Danielle Cintron is a senior journalism and English major from La Place who serves as editor and online editor for The Tech Talk. E-mail comments to dnc005@latech.edu.

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