Sullivan Hall is reserved for the Honors students, those among us that have been selected to represent the elite Eastern students. As a reject of the Honors Program, they said I did not meet the qualifications to become one in the Honors Program here on campus. After graduating high school in the top of my class and with an honors diploma, I still did not fit its qualifications. After four semesters as an occupational science student with no less than 15 credit hours apiece, I have been able to maintain a 4.0 GPA. Yet I did not have the qualifications to be in the elite Honors Program.
If Sullivan Hall gets extended visitation hours just because they’re in the Honors Program, where does that leave the rest of the good students here on campus? It leads them with a place to study all night and meet for group projects and us in our cramped dorm rooms or apartments, trying to resist the temptation to fall asleep. The real problem here is not going to be solved by allowing Sullivan Hall residents or the Honors Program students to gain an advantage over the non-Honor students. The change needs to come from a different part of the university.
The library closes on weekday nights at 1 a.m. Downstairs Powell stays open longer than the library does by closing at 2 a.m. That has always made little sense to me. The solution to the Sullivan Hall dilemma does not need to come from University Housing or the Honors Department; it needs to come from EKU Libraries.
For all students; success here at this university, they need to solve this problem with everyone in mind— not just the “elite” students. Keeping parts of the library open for all students all night, not just the Honors students, will allow for student success across the board. One solution would be to keep the Noel Studio open. It has computers, printers, tables for studies and the ability to be locked off so students could not just roam the library and cause mischief. Another option is to implement the 24-hour study during finals week to year round.
The solution chosen needs to be one that helps the whole university, not just a select few. Allowing the Honors students to gain yet another advantage over the rest of the student body will cause more success for them and less success for the rest of the students — widening the achievement gap. A change needs to happen, and it needs to come not from University Housing, but EKU Libraries.