Editorial: Summer changes, good but not good enough

By Alexis Book

Opinion Editor

Perhaps the greatest underlying tension at Canisius is the question of how the College spends student money.  The College raises tuition every year, yet students only have a limited say on how this money gets spent.  With all the new changes that have come to campus this year, questions of how tuition money is spent renew themselves with increased vigor.

Some of the changes that have been implemented over the summer include an expansion of Tim Horton’s, the addition of a flashing light that encourages vehicles to yield at the crosswalk on Jefferson, renovated laundry facilities (for Frisch Hall, the Village Townhouses Community Center, …), the addition of “Canisius Police” SUV’s for Public Safety, a restructured and redesigned Office of Student Records, and retiled floors in the tunnels connecting Horan O’Donnell and Old Main.

While these updates are vast improvements on campus aesthetic, efficiency and safety, The Griffin can’t help but wonder why Canisius hasn’t focused on finding solutions to some of the more pressing issues on campus. For instance, instead of using money to repair and restructure the parking ramp, administration not only ignored the problems with the ramp, but heightened student concern by forbidding them from parking on the second floor in the beginning of the semester. While President John J. Hurley has since revoked the order, the parking ramp still remains an unorganized space that students struggle to park in.

Students also often have trouble receiving decent wifi, which is an essential component of a successful and stressless college career. Wifi has overall improved from its low point last year, but there is still work to be done.  Resnet, which has always been a constant source of aggravation and frustration for Canisius students, has seemingly gotten even worse this semester. Some computers (although not all) are being connected to the wifi labeled “Resnet Legacy,” which requires students to constantly reconnect to the internet, often has limited connection, and takes a significant amount of time to give the user access to the internet. It seems that this has been a consistent problem for Canisius students and the only solution would be the College upgrading to receive faster wifi.

During President Hurley’s visit to the Senate, and at the Convocation, he spoke about diversity, but where is the money behind promoting this area?  Hurley intentionally left future plans for improving diversity vague because he wants to remain open to the possibilities, but it is difficult to fund things until they are solidified.  Talk is one thing, but action is another, and until action is taken, the College’s words mean little. Thankfully, the active student body that resides in the Undergraduate Student Association’s office has been making progress towards representing the smaller communities within the undergraduate population. Maybe Canisius administration should follow in the footsteps of its students and work to prioritize diversifying the campus.

Perhaps most notably, Science Hall remains unfinished, despite attempts to raise money to complete it. The newest academic building on campus has a remarkable ESPN 3 studio, a modern and environmentally friendly layout, and a surplus of computer labs. As some science majors continue the transfer from the dismal halls of Bagen and Health Science to Science Hall, others remain unmoved as the renovations to Science Hall continue. The completion of Science Hall is, according to President Hurley, currently dependent on an extra $35 million dollars worth of donations, which would be used to complete the upper levels of the building. President Hurley suggested that the lack of donations flowing to Science Hall may be a result of the more notable Canisius alumnae coming from the Richard J. Wehle School of Business who are not as willing to donate to the sciences, but the optics of so much unfinished space remains unpleasant.

By no means does The Griffin want to diminish the accomplishments and improvements that the campus has made. But, with the start of every semester it is important to review the changes that the campus has made to determine what should be prioritized next and what should have been prioritized a long time ago. Obviously, without full access to the Canisius budget, we can not determine if the College has effectively used its finances to benefit the students, faculty, and professoriate (with special regards to our custodians and adjuncts) in the best way possible, but we can say that there are still many issues on campus that the College has yet to address. Hopefully, the College will acknowledge the faults and enter a new era of transparency so that the campus can move forward with the right renovations and the class of 2021 can really do anything at Canisius.

 

 

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