Students notice space discrepancies between campuses
CHRISTINE AHRENS, CONTRIBUTOR
For busy full-time students, finding time to study and a quiet place to relax can be hard — especially at the Exchange District Campus (EDC).
“I try to stick out of the common area,” said Krystyn Imlah, a writing development student at EDC. “I’ll go to the cafeteria or to one of the hallways because it’s so loud.”
Imlah said whenever a couch is available in a quiet area, she’ll run and claim it.
“I have two kids at home, so I do all my homework outside of the house,” she said.
Benjamin McDonald, president of the Red River College Students’ Association (RRCSA) said they’re doing all they can to make the campus more comfortable for students.
“A portion of student fees goes into renovating space,” said McDonald, noting the RRCSA paid for the couches in EDC’s student lounge.
Across town at the Notre Dame Campus (NDC), some students said they have no problem finding a quiet place to sit, study or even sleep. Many students spend their spares in The Cave, a room filled with couches, arcade games, tabletop games, televisions and an event stage. If students need a place to do homework, they can find quiet in The Workshop, a designated study area.
Jay Summers, a construction management student at NDC, said he spends about two hours a day in The Cave to take a break from his eight-hour school days.
“I’ve seen Hooters (deliver) here, where they brought wings,” he said, listing off the different events that take place at The Cave, like karaoke and comedy nights.
But despite these perks, Summers said he’d rather study at EDC if his program was offered downtown.
“I like the other campus from a construction point of view,” he said.
Imlah said she also prefers EDC because of its central location.
“I like this campus. It’s close by to everything,” she said.