Editorial – UPJ priorities: books or looks?

As summer relaxation comes to an end and students are reintroduced to the hustle and bustle of a new semester, stress can run high. At the start of the semester, many students are greeted with new topics and professors, as well as rigorous lesson plans.

To many, the stress is well worth it, as they seek a goal of higher education and put full trust in university administrators to, above all, facilitate that learning.

However, as the fall semester begins, Pitt-Johnstown students may notice some questionable changes leaving them wondering about administrator’s priorities.

The removal of the Campus Police office from Biddle Hall to make room for additional classrooms is one such change.

Though its new location near the Sports Center will provide additional space, it moves police farther away from the campus center, creating concerns about police response time and overall safety.

With Wellness Center hours beginning at 6 a.m. five days a week and ending no earlier than midnight and the addition of a $65 recreation fee, it seems that fitness and leisure top the priority list.

In addition, Owen Library hours, which begin no earlier than 8 a.m. and end no later than 10:30 p.m., have been cut at a weekly rate of 9 percent.

Though administrators cite staff reductions as the cause for the cut, it appears ludicrous for an institution of higher education to cut library hours, ultimately cutting study space, while providing more gym availability.

Administrators should keep in mind that Pitt-Johnstown isn’t a park or a gym designed for fitness and recreation, it is a university to facilitate learning.

By minimizing library hours they may be sending a message that an accumulated knowledge is less important than weight training and running on a treadmill