Construction forces students and tour guides to seek out new paths

By Lamar Johnson

While the Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center will create another learning environment for students upon its supposed completion in 2016, the construction has made the hike to class more complex.

University officials have portioned off a section of Campus Drive from Regents Drive to Union Lane in order to provide safe working conditions.

Photo by Hayden Williams

Photo by Hayden Williams

The new construction has also changed tour routes for Images, this university’s official campus tour guide organization, said Matthew Angelico, a junior bioengineering major and a student director for Images.

“Originally we walked through the Night and Day statue,” Angelico said. “However, we can’t anymore so we are going to continue down past Hornbake and cross right at the M [Circle].”

The construction has also altered the way that students get to class, adding a couple of minutes to their trek.

“It’s obviously difficult having construction during the school year,” freshman marketing major Sam Panitch said. “It has altered my route when I go to the business school. Instead of cutting near Stamp, I now go behind the stadium and cut through the parking lot near the soccer field, so that adds a couple minutes to my walk.”

Freshman finance major, Scott Eisland, shared Panitch’s sentiment.

“If we could cut right through there, we would get [to the business school] a couple minutes faster,” Eisland said. “It’s a little annoying. It’s a very pretty campus… and it’s something that’s not very nice to look at.”

Angelico and the rest of Images said they don’t look at the construction negatively, instead choosing to highlight the construction on their tours.

“We always use the construction as a positive view of Maryland,” Angelico said. “Maryland’s campus is always improving.”

Undecided major freshman Brad Deren has a similarly optimistic view of the construction.

“I think it is going to be a great facility to learn,” Deren said.

Despite his view of the sights of the construction, Eisland said he had a positive outlook on the final results of the construction.

“The newer the building, the technology, the better off the students here are,” Eisland said.

Panitch also shared an optimistic outlook.

“I think it’s important that [the university] keeps updating [its] facilities,” Panitch said. “I think it’s going to be a great place to have students learn… keeping our university in the 21st century and helping students learn in any way possible.”

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