Crashing on campus
Is SAIT ready for nap rooms?
It’s 12:45 p.m. on a Wednesday, and you’ve hit a wall of bricks preventing you from further rational thought. Class will let out in five minutes, and you’ve got an hour to kill before another dreaded afternoon lecture.
Since you were up late the night before doing homework, your eyes are burning from the pure caffeine kick you gulped down in the form of a cheap and sugary beverage.
You think about “studying” in the Reg Erhardt library during the break, but the chances of getting some shut-eye without disruption are pretty slim these days.
A safe place to sleep would be nice, wouldn’t it?
“I think, in theory, it’s a nice proposal,” said Corrie Jespersen, a student in SAIT’s legal assistant program. “I don’t think it would work in practice.”
Jespersen is a busy single mother of two children and devotes her days to full-time studies. It isn’t that she doesn’t need the sleep, but she suggested, “Funds and energy would be better spent in addressing tuition costs and parking fees.”
To her, a nap room is a Band-Aid solution to a larger issue. If people needed sleep, then maybe offering better transportation options and cutting down student costs would mean sacrificing less rest outside of class time.
“I cannot imagine the costs associated with designing and building nap rooms,” she said.
Also, the cost of maintenance and cleaning of a sleep centre makes Jespersen question the wisdom of allocating student funds in that direction.
SAIT’s student body appeared to largely agree with her.
In the recent Executive Council elections, Gar Gar was elected SAITSA president.
His platform focused on lowering academic costs and a $5 carpool parking area for students who make the daily commute.
“A sleep centre, in my perspective, is not really the right track,” said Christine Patrick, a student in the medical laboratory assistant program, who recently completed her intensive three-month program at SAIT.
“School is a location of learning and moving forward. Sleeping can be done at home.”
Patrick admitted that a sleep centre would be lovely, but she would not use it herself.
Her purpose in being on campus is to study, and she seeks out solutions that would alleviate the daily expense of being a student.
At first glance, the sleep centre would be a good idea.
The premise of a safe place to catch a few winks could be useful on those days when caffeine just isn’t enough.
However, the cost of upkeep and the logistics of a successful nap room look to be pretty far from SAIT students’ concerns at the moment.