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Increased 24-hour Computing Access

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Dear President McAuliffe, I am a current senior who is working very hard to finish my thesis within the next couple weeks. I am also one of several thesising seniors who do not have our own computers, and must rely on the College’s supply. However, since the closing of Guild, I am becoming concerned that there is neither the space nor the availability of computers for the seniors as well as students of the other classes in the Lusty Cup, 24-hour computing lab, and the Media Lab combined. One of the primary factors of this is that the library closes at midnight forcing students to leave and move to these aforementioned areas. I understand that it is a communal space, and silence is not expected, but when any area becomes over-crowded, volume levels rise making it hard to concentrate. Students from younger classes have noticed this same problem, especially as the semester is winding down and workloads are increasing, and so instead of going to the library in the first place, they save places for themselves in Lusty, and the 24-hour lab. Seniors like myself are then forced to work in the library but have nowhere to go when it closes. A simple remedy for this situation would be to keep the library open until the end of the semester. It is open 24 hours when the underclasswomen have their finals period, so why not for the seniors during the two weeks of their final crunch? There has been much talk about this among my classmates, some of whom are not writing a thesis and have even offered to work late night shifts if the need be. Below you will find the signatures of individuals who support this idea and hope to make it a reality. Thank you, Mariellyssa Wenk ‘10


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