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In an email to the student body, university president Ronald J. Daniels announced that the university would be hiring students to help build the student center on campus. In exchange, these students will be compensated with additional credit points for their courses.
The administration made the decision after many upperclassmen expressed frustration at not being able to take advantage of the student center, which is expected to be completed in the fall of 2024 after the current juniors graduate.
“We want to show our students that we listen to their concerns,” the administrators wrote. “It’s our way of including students more in the ongoing work on campus.”
Before starting work, students must apply and be shortlisted by the construction team. Interested persons must submit to a physical examination to ensure that they have the means to participate in the construction work.
According to Clark Construction chief Bob Builder, students must be able to lift at least 50 pounds and obtain a license to work with hazardous materials before being considered for the job.
“We are grateful that the administration is increasing the number of our teams to complete this project as efficiently as possible,” he said in an interview with The News-Letter. “We’re a bit concerned that there aren’t enough Hopkins students who can meet our physical demands. I hope the athletes will pull through. »
Because students have classes and extracurricular activities during the day, only night shifts will be available to them. The builder pointed out that this will significantly speed up the process since the construction team stops working at night.
Applications will open on April 15, and hired students have the option of starting during the summer or fall semester.
Administrators from the Office of Communication Problems explained why the University only allows students to work at night in an email to The News-Letter.
“We are well aware of the grind culture here at Hopkins,” they wrote. “We thought that since students were up late to study at Brody Learning Commons anyway and clearly cared about their grades, we could give them the opportunity to get some fresh air at night while earning extra credits. Really, it’s a double win for them.
They also stressed that the administration wanted to ensure that this new work opportunity would not distract students from their studies during the day.
Ophelia Payne, a professor of psychology specializing in social interactions, shared the faculty’s initial apprehensions about agreeing to provide extra credit points for manual labor. According to her, professors fear that construction work will be seen as a pass for students.
Despite this, after several faculty members took to the grounds across Brody and saw the disheartening late-night state of the students, they all agreed that the student center was needed.
Payne discussed this achievement.
“We realized that Brody is definitely not the student center Hopkins students need to recharge and enjoy life,” she said. “We hadn’t realized the students’ urgent need for one until now, and we are supporting to complete the construction faster.”
However, in an interview with The News-Letterjunior Heather Fones, who lives at Nine East 33rd, pointed out that continuing construction overnight isn’t ideal.
“There are already so many sounds that keep me awake every night, from ambulance and fire truck sirens to dogs barking,” she said. “In addition, the walls in my apartment are too thin and we face the construction site directly. The extra hours of work will just add more noise pollution to that area. »
Senior Whitney Lyfting, president of the bodybuilding club, is disheartened that Hopkins didn’t come up with this sooner. Since graduating, she doesn’t feel compelled to apply for this project.
“I would have loved to help out and put my muscles to good use. Almost every college in the United States has a student center, so it’s about time Hopkins had one too,” she said. “But I’m leaving, so it still doesn’t benefit me. But whatever… Calm down, Hopkins!
According to her, the members of the bodybuilding club are eager to participate in this business, even if they are a little concerned about the late working hours.
Sophomore Albert Newton is excited about the new opportunity, citing his poor physical grades as the reason in an interview with The News-Letter.
“I’m not going to lie; this semester has been tough on my physics grades with in-person exams again,” he said. “I really need the extra credit, and I was also planning on going to the [Ralph S. O’ Connor Center for Recreation and Well-Being] since grow-out season is approaching. This job seems like the perfect way for me to achieve both of these goals.
He also expressed his eagerness to use the various construction equipment, such as using the forklift and drilling with the jackhammer.
Newton’s mother, however, reached out to The News-Letter separately to express concerns about the University’s decision. Before her son applies, she wants to make sure that the administration will remain responsible for any accidents that may occur.
“I don’t know why Hopkins would allow such a thing. It just seems very irresponsible of them. As a parent, my number one priority is to make sure my son is safe,” she said. “Unfortunately my son is 19 and does not need my consent to engage in such reckless behavior.”
She threatened to sue Hopkins in case something bad happened to her son.
Administrators have assured that all students will remain supervised while on site. According to them, the University has made arrangements with Clark Construction to send in a few extra project managers at night.
“God forbid an accident happens, Hopkins will be in hot water. The last thing we want is a lawsuit,” they wrote. place additional safety measures and precautions during night shifts.”
Despite the safety concerns, administrators remained adamant that this decision was made for the benefit of the Hopkins community to promote a healthier work-life balance.
“Our vision is for the new student center to be a social place for all members of our community to interact and relax together outside of academia,” they wrote. “By involving students in the building project and getting them out of Brody, we’re just setting the tone for a new campus culture that we hope to create.”