Listen to the sounds of studying

By Seth Endres

It’s eerily silent, except for the sound of elevators going from floor to floor. The escalators have been turned off and people shift quietly from computers to their books.

If you’re looking for a wild and crazy time, the Founders Memorial Library is not the place to go. Even though the place is big enough to hold a football game after-party, the only noise you’ll hear is people hitting the books.

“I’m definitely studying for my accounting classes,” said Robert Cascio, a junior accountancy major who goes to the library about two to three times a week.

While the Northern Star interviewed Cascio, the library was silent. People looked disdainfully at the interview, because it was louder than the white noise of the elevator.

“It does get busy here,” Cascio said. “I see a lot of people here on Wednesday and Thursdays nights, but it’s the best place for studying and it’s a lot easier than studying over by the apartments or in the dorms.”

Very few people were taking study breaks, which is one of the problems with interviewing people in a library. Another problem with interviewing people in the library is you have to interrupt dedicated students studying for important tests, midterms, or just trying to get ahead on homework.

“I have an accounting exam tomorrow,” said Andrea Stover, a graduate student in accounting. Stover is at the library most of every day, except for the weekends.

She agrees the library is an ideal ground for studying.

“Better to study here then at home,” Stover said.

A positive aspect about interviewing people in the library is learning that the library closes at 2 a.m.

“It’s good the library is open late, especially around midterms,” said Wendy Palma, a junior photography major. “When there are a lot of people here you cannot study, but when your friends are here, they can help you out with it, so there are pros and cons about coming late at night.”

Palma goes to the library when she has exams, quizzes or other assignments to do.

“I’m really careful [about which] friends I go with,” said Palma, who studies with her friends some of the time, but prefers not to.

Palma said she goes with her “study friends,” not “party friends.”

“I’m trying to be prepared for my anthropology exam next week,” said Aubrey Monte, a senior art major. “It’s definitely better studying here. You get more accomplished. Because you’re at the library, people have to remain kind of quiet, so there’s a lot less social interaction and a lot more time to focus on what you’re doing.”

As expected, the library is an ideal ground for studying. This is possible because of the lack of outside disruptions, and a quite productive environment, which is maintained by the late-night security crew.

“It’s a pretty easy job – we do checks to make sure people aren’t eating or talking too loud,” said Cesar Madrigal, a senior accountancy and political science double major. “The worst thing is at closing you have to tell the homeless people to leave. Sometimes you have to wake them up, or if they’re in the bathroom, you gotta tell them to leave.”