As a freshman at the University of La Verne, I was absolutely terrified and excited for what would happen in my four years here. I was stuck saying “Yes, sir” and “Yes, ma’am” for about a year and a half before I learned that professors are people too.
I have not been the wild and crazy type and parties were foreign to me until my sophomore year. My peers were almost the same. I rarely heard anything from upper-classmen speaking badly about my class except, “Ugh, new students.”
Since then, I have been witness to the quality drop in students admitted to the University. Not so much the grades and academic side of being a student, but rather the interaction the students have had with the campus.
The best example I can give of this is the little respect shown for Davenport Dining Hall. With it being so crowded in there at lunch, you would think that the first thing you would want to do is not make it harder on the people trying to get lunch and run. That does not seem to be an option for the current students.
I have seen student employees in Davenport, who are not working at that time, stop eating, get up and clear a table off that a massive swarm of students left filthy. I do not know what kind of houses this generation was raised in, but there is a tray-return barely 30 feet from any table in that small dining hall. It’s easy to carry the damn plate at least that far.
When the table is left messy, it leaves a mess that other students either have to eat around or avoid when the crowd comes swarming.
While I am talking about messes, let’s cover the campus as a whole. There has been so much trash left around campus that the “Adopt-a-Spot” program was created.
This program has organizations on campus competing to see who can keep their spot on campus the cleanest. While it is for a good cause, it should not be necessary. Just walking from the Campus Center to Miller Hall, I can see wrappers, Q-Tips and random scraps of paper scattered or stuck to the plants.
Seriously? It amazes me that people are that lazy that they will not just put the trash in one of the trash cans around campus?
Do not even get me started about on-campus events either. I have been hesitant to attend anything on campus this semester because of this behavior. I understand being rowdy and excited when it is asked for, that is not my complaint. But heckling comedians with comments that honestly have nothing to do with their material and talking on your phone while a hypnotist is asking for absolute silence is ridiculous.
I know I am not the only senior who has a complaint against the younger classes, and I probably will not be the last. But the main reason I am complaining so much is because college is practice for the outside world. And if you cannot be civil to our campus, how in the hell can you call yourself prepared for anything outside La Verne?
Regardless of how much time you have left at school, I hope that the behavior changes and respect is given to not only campus guests and faculty, but to the campus itself. I would like to come back in 20 years and not have a tumbleweed of Barbara’s Place burrito wrappers roll past my feet.
Christina Collins Burton, a senior journalism major, is editor in chief of the Campus Times. She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.