Weekend Quiet HoursPosted: November 7, 2011
Recently, Lasell college has been cracking down on student’s social lives. Campus police are all over the parties that happen on campus and usually arrive early in the night. With such rules placed on the students about drinking and the noise level, there isn’t much time, or opportunity for that matter, to have any real fun on campus.
I specifically want to address the quiet hours placed on the students in their dorm buildings. Sunday through Thursday quiet hours start around 10:00 PM. Fridays and Saturdays are midnight.
First let me address the need for quiet hours. On weekdays I completely understand the need for this rule. Students use this time to do homework, study or write papers. We need a good night’s sleep to do well in our classes and work. On the weekends, however, students should be able to be rewarded for all their hard work during the week. Most students look forward to the weekends to be able to go out and party with their friends.
I am obviously not condoning underage or binge drinking, but we’re college kids and we like to have fun with our friends, whether there is alcohol involved for those who are of age or not.
Second let me ask the question: Who is up studying for tests and quizzes, or writing papers on Fridays and Saturdays where quiet hours need to be midnight? There are places students can go on campus where they can spend the time they need to finish projects that allow for those who don’t want to have fun.
For example: The library is open until midnight most days. Also, students can opt to live in quiet study housing, where there are 24 hour quiet hours.
My issue is those of us who want to listen to music with our friends and not get in trouble on a Friday or Saturday past midnight can’t do so without the RA’s or campus police knocking down the door. Not every room in every building is having an absolute rager every weekend night. Why should everyone have to abide by the midnight hush-hush rule when we have to abide by it all week long. Give us a break!
I believe quiet hours should begin at 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. I do not think that is unreasonable by any means. This gives students a chance to be able to have fun with their friends, as responsible adults, and not get in trouble for having the music up at midnight. As young adults, we know that parties do not even really start until 11p.m. anyway, for them to be broken up at midnight on a Saturday night is a little ridiculous.
Now, I will also throw out the idea that campus should monitor student’s parties, and keep the students in check, instead of breaking up every gathering. This just makes people want to throw parties more. I believe that if such parties were monitored it would not only teach students to be responsible, but it would also gain campus police much more respect from students.
I could go on for days about this, but i’ll leave it at this: there is no reason we should have to be silent at midnight on weekends. Friday and Saturday quiet hours should be 2:00 a.m. I think that is more than fair and would allow everyone, students and police alike, to be respectful and have some fun.