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On campus building hours set to change for summer

Hours for University buildings and dining halls are set to change during the summer session due to the small amount of students living on campus.

The limited amount of students on campus cause buildings and dining halls to reduce their hours of operation or close entirely for the duration of summer break, said Sarah Waters, the director of Residence Life.

“Approximately 30 students are currently housed on campus,” said Waters. “They are housed in Centennial for the summer session.”

Since Centennial is the only residence hall housing students enrolled in summer classes, the other residence halls on campus are closed until the fall semester.

Summer staff, as well as members of SOAR; Student Orientation, Advising & Registration are also housed in Centennial, Waters said.

Centennial also offers guest housing for potential students visiting the University, Waters said.

Due to orientation during the summer session, the buildings on campus that house different academic departments are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., as well as the offices of Admissions and Administration.

The dining halls around campus received the most reductions in hours of operation.

The University director of Dining Services, Michael Paulus, said in an e-mail, “due to the low population on campus during the summer break, dining hours have been changed.”

The buffet style dining halls, Carillon Place and Oaks Dining will have limited hours of operation for conference services throughout the summer session.

Closed for the summer sessions are the Sundial Café and Outtakes located in Kreischer, the Library, Carillon Place, Offenhauer, the Oaks and Founders.

These limited hours will be in effect until August 26, when the fall semester begins, said Paulus.

Nancy Joseph, the associate director of Dining Services said, “There will be weeks [Carillon] will open the Carillon daily, and some weeks Carillon will be open sporadically.”

Since there aren’t a lot of students on campus for the summer, they will not be offering a meal plan option, Joseph said.

Some students said they will be affected by the summer hours of the buildings and dining halls on campus.

“The summer hours for some of the studios in the art building are inconvenient to complete art assignments outside of class,” senior Patricia Hoffman said.

The limited hours of buildings on campus during the summer session will be a difficult barrier for students who require access to those buildings.

“I understand why the hours are changed, but I think it would be beneficial to students to have access to those buildings during the summer session,” Hoffman said.

The change in building hours during the summer break might prevent students from using the same facilities open during the fall and spring semesters.

While some students may find these hours to be inconvenient, in order to accommodate the needs of the students and the University, the changes during summer session are required.

“It will be hard to transition from having 24-hour access to buildings to only a few hours a day, but I’ll make do.” Hoffman said.

Dunkin Donuts will be open Sunday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Starbucks from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the Falcon’s Nest, which includes Mondo Subs, Wild Greens and Panda Express, Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. These locations will be open and available to students for limited hours during the summer session.

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