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Opinion
Monday, December 6, 2010
The Talon 8
By Jason Rose
You may have heard
the changes concerning
the date of Woody’s
opening– frst October,
then November, now
next semester. The delays
apparently have been
caused by construction
issues, which is
understandable.
It seems, though, that
there has been another
change to what may have
been previously called the
new “on-campus bar.”
  Replace “bar” with
“lounge” and remove the
presence of alcohol and
you have an answer.
The idea was proposed
awhile ago. It bounced
around various levels
of administration, only
to seemingly rest on the
shoulders of President’s
XX, who refute any
notion of Woody’s
serving alcohol.
“The Woody’s
redesign was never
intended to be a bar, but
instead a place designed
for students by students.
Sure, from time to time
we can have events with
a third party vendor, but
we can do that now on
campus.  Woody’s is
really designed to provide
a wide variety of uses
for our students,” said
Harrison Jones, president
of President’s XX.
And even if Woody’s is
simply to be a lounge –
why? For what?
“The space will be
available for use by any
group on campus, but
will also be a place we
hope students will be
able to gather to watch
sporting events on
TV, LEAD events and
performances,”
Jones said.
If a television room is
the goal, then rest assured
it will not be used. We
have lounges – every
dorm, the Dome and most
individual rooms have
TVs. It is doubtful people
will go out of their
way to gather in the
Tucker basement.
If we were to compete
in a Family Feud session
to guess what would
attract people to Woody’s,
my frst four guesses
would probably be
alcohol. My ffth guess
might be pizza, with
alcohol on the side.
Some oppose the idea,
thinking it will promote
alcohol at WWU…
which happens to be
a wet campus.
And, if you ask me,
we currently subscribe to
an even greater proponent
of alcohol use – college.
Putting a bar on campus
would not change a
student’s decision to
drink (those catalysts
are already in place –
downtown, the bars,
dorm rooms, friends,
etc.). It would only
provide a safer location
for students, especially
considering the recent
trend in attacks on streets
approaching the bar strip.
This situation –
whether it a change
from bar to lounge
or misconstrued
notion of the status
entirely – is certainly a
disappointment.
While, according
to President’s XX,
Woody’s may eventually
become a bar, someday
in the future, it wouldn’t
surprise me if it turned
into a dungeon room,
unused in the basement
of Tucker.
Until students gets
the bar they have been
hoping for, it’s back
to pre-gaming in their
rooms and serving up
drinks behind the only bar
available on campus – if
you can call your desk
a bar.
Cal l for Wri ters
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Bar or lounge—
what’s next for
Woody’s
By Patrice Basso
In the fall of 2010,
William Woods introduced
the “Imagine Campaign,”
an $11.7 million campaign
to improve various
aspects of the campus.
The campaign includes
Sorority Circle, a new
housing facility for the
four sororities on campus.
Of the three parts of the
campaign (the campaign
also includes plans for a
center for ethics and global
studies, as well as an
alumni and visitor center),
this is perhaps the most
controversial and most
talked about.
In addition to providing
an additional 136 beds,
the 14,464-square-foot
Sorority Circle complex
will include sleeping
and living areas with
suite-style bathrooms,
individual chapter rooms, a
multipurpose room, guest
room, laundry room, front
porch, back patio and a
kitchen. All four sororities
will have separate living
areas, and will therefore
be able to maintain their
individuality.
An amphitheater, which
will be built behind the
housing facilities, is
intended for use by the
entire campus community.
Sorority Circle was
developed to solve housing
problems on campus. As
incoming classes continue
to grow, the amount
of available housing is
decreasing quickly. Also,
Harmon Hall and Atkinson
Hall, which house Delta
Gamma and Chi Omega,
were built in the 1930s
and are quickly becoming
less suitable for housing
students. With the addition
of Sorority Circle, there
will not only be more
available independent
housing, but better housing
for the sorority members.
Dr. Jahnae H. Barnett,
WWU president, believes
the addition of Sorority
Circle has many benefts:
“Housing all four sororities
in one area will help to
strengthen the university’s
Greek community, which
provides an experience
well suited to many of our
undergraduates. It will
also ensure our ability to
remain competitive among
our peers and continue to
attract and retain students.”
Many students,
especially current sorority
members, have very strong
opinions about this aspect
of the campaign. Some
students feel it will be a
great addition to campus,
some feel it is unfair to
ask sorority members to
move out of their current
housing. Either way, the
students are speaking up
and want their voices to be
heard.
Andrea Yanez, a junior
and member of Alpha Chi
Omega says, “I believe
it will take away from
the personality of each
individual sorority. We
have worked hard to
individualize ourselves
and putting us all in the
same housing will take that
away.”
Lisa Burke, a senior
and outgoing Alpha Chi
Omega president, has a
different opinion.
“I think the project is very
exciting. I am anxious for
the money to be raised so
construction can begin.
I’m jealous I won’t get to
live there.”
Liza Payne, senior
member of President’s XX
and incoming president
of Alpha Chi Omega also
sees the benefts.
“I think that Sorority
Circle is necessary for
the growth of the Greek
community. Dr. Barnett
and Scott Gallagher [vice
president of William
Woods], are doing all they
can to ensure that each
sorority has everything we
need. Sorority Circle is
defnitely going to improve
the Greek community, as
well as providing an outlet
for the Fulton community
through the new
amphitheatre. I’m looking
forward to seeing it!”
Nicole Elliott, a
senior member of Delta
Gamma and president
of Panhellenic, sees the
benefts of Sorority Circle,
but also raises some
concerns. “I appreciate
the university making an
effort to improve the living
conditions of sororities on
campus. Sorority Circle
will help make the living
conditions of all sororities
on campus the same
across the board, which I
appreciate, since two of the
chapters on campus live
without air-conditioning
in their houses. I have
looked at the plans and
have seen the video, which
all look great, and the
living conditions will be
a great improvement for
all. My only concern is
the room for growth in the
chapters. William Woods
is a growing university
and hopefully there will
be a plan for chapters
whose numbers exceed
the capacity that the new
Sorority Circle will allow.”
The way I see it, people
tend to be resistant to
change by human nature.
Change is a hard thing to
adjust to, and that is why
many people are opposed
to the introduction of
Sorority Circle. However,
I believe that Dr. Barnett
and the university continue
to have the students’ best
interests at heart, and are
using Sorority Circle as
a way to improve our
campus.
As William Woods
students, we should
support changes that
improve our campus.
As sorority members,
we should embrace
the change as a way to
potentially attract students
to WWU. Change is not
always a negative thing,
and although it will be
undeniably different from
what the Greek community
is used to, I believe it will
be a positive addition to
William Woods.
Sorority Circle