Kayli Hertel – Features Editor
In early October, Lasell released a notice that the spring schedule grid will be changed. Also, next fall, common hours will start at 2 p.m. and end at 3:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays instead of from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
According to James Ostrow, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, this change stemmed from different factors. One was the use of classrooms and accommodating a “need for 2-day/75 minute periods.” Another factor revolves around the ability “to relieve pressure on the dining hall during peak lunchtime periods,” said Ostrow.With the current schedule in place, many students go to the cafeteria during this time causing overcrowding. There are also certain circumstances that result in an opposite effect, where instead of too many students, there are too little.
“[We can] eliminate tremendous food-waste that occurs currently during special events that include lunch – but we will certainly still provide refreshments at many events as we do now,” said Ostrow. This will allow students to still be able receive lunch at these events but not as much
food will be wasted.
Junior Emma Nuneviller disagrees. “I think that it’s way too late. Common hours should be a common time where people can go to lunch… Because it’s so late, it’s going to mess up everyone,” said Nuneviller.
“Of course, the new grid represents change – and there are always adjustments that we need to make when there is change,” said Ostrow.
The new schedule will begin next fall. Ostrow is a firm believer that this new schedule will put Lasell where it needs to be when it comes to benefiting students academically and leisurely. “I believe this is a scheduling grid that is better suited to where the institution is and where it is heading,” said Ostrow.