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Library rules provoke unwarranted frustration

Amanda Roth

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 Hallways have been abuzz as of late with what are being called “strict” and “unfair” rules in the library. It seems as if it is a daily occurrence for someone to walk out disgruntled or to voice their frustrations as they sit and eat in the cafeteria.

  Generally, if a rule is instituted, there is a rationale behind it. It’s unusual for a rule to be in place for no reason.

  We admit that all members of our staff do not use the library appropriately at all times. Some-

times we go in there to chat with friends or have a Facebook tab open as we do work. The difference is, we aren’t necessarily surprised or offended by the rules.

  Lately, the rules may seem slightly more rigid in the library. The ‘no food rule’ was reinforced again this year. Signing in and out is mandat-

  1. The new mediascape has been monitored more strictly.

  While it is easy to assume that the rules are unnecessary and the people instituting them have it out for you, it would make sense to consider why these rules have been put in place.

  Unfortunately, everyone can be reprimanded for the acts of the few. Despite the food being taken away this year, there are still empty bottles and trash found on book shelves and on computer keyboards which led to the ban in the first place. The mediascape, when utilized by students, typically has a game or television show on the screen.

  While it may seem silly to ask you to sign out to go to the bath-

room, why is it so hard to do it in the first place? It’s important to know where students are throughout the building, for their own safety. One would think that with the recent global and domestic events happening, people would be more understanding since some-

thing could actually happen in the few minutes that you walk from the library to the bathroom.

  Instead of being upset when the rules are tightened, ask yourself whether or not you were either a part of the problem or even a bystander.

  While it isn’t necessarily your place as a student to monitor the library or any given area in school, it can be your place to encourage

others to make good choices.

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