What an absolutely beautiful campus we have here at Lewis University. Between the wide range of species in trees, wildlife and the architecture of our academic buildings and residence halls, we are blessed with an incredibly charming little community.
However, there are a few blemishes and inconveniences here, too. Many students complain about parking, with some lots that are too small for the overwhelming amount of patrons who want to access it. Having only one entrance to the school causes a bit of traffic during the rush hours onto and off of the campus. However, a major concern that has come to light recently is the most utilized method of transportation on campus: walking.
The lack of sidewalks and adequate walking space has led to not just frustration, but concern for safety by some students. Senior Sarah Simar expressed her thoughts after an experience walking on the road around the North parking lot, “Not having a sidewalk that curves around North is terrifying; what if a car doesn’t see me while I’m on the road?” she asked. Along with this, the strange winter we’ve had has taken a toll on ease of access around campus. “For instance, walking toward the Powerhouse is always a pain. Sometimes I have to walk on the grass, and with the recent weather, my feet are soaking wet by the time I arrive,” said Simar.
Considering all foot traffic that happens in between classes, as students usually leave their cars parked in one lot all day, a few of the most difficult places to get to should probably be highlighted.
For students who live at Dorothy Day, Mother Teresa or John Paul, the biggest annoyance in their commute has to be the walk toward De La Salle and Benilde. The construction of the new student union has taken away the one continuous sidewalk in that direction, and the other sidewalk leading from DDay to John Paul has an odd loop to provide some flagstaffs. This is incredibly inconvenient, and should instead have a continuous path.
Behind the recreation center, on the side of the road closest to it, there is no path. Students will commonly walk on the length of the road available here, a risky journey considering there are drivers who might not break or watch the sides of the road for students crossing.
Although a bit more trivial, inconvenience is abound between North, the Arts and Sciences Building and the rec center. Creating straight bee – lines of sidewalk connecting those specific buildings would cut down on commute time, and considering the constant makeshift trails in the snow, it’s obvious where the concrete should be laid.
Convincing the university that such a construction feat should take place could simply be narrowed down to discussing the opportunity of creating a more lively and populated campus. Lewis is primarily a commuter school, but with an increase in easily accessible walkways, an appeal could be made to convince more students to live in residence halls. Minimizing some of the most major issues at any school start with fixing the most immediate and simple ones, and the sidewalks at Lewis might be that fix.
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