It has already been established: hallway congestion is definitely something that is on the to of most students’ and teachers’ pet peeve list. Since we have located the area of the issue, something should be done. We’ve been here and done this many times before. Aren’t you tired of reading about this same problem?
Many students have become aware of this issue and are more than a little unhappy about it. “Some people just stand around and are completely oblivious to anyone around them,” says Brad Baker (’11), expressing his frustration.
He’s absolutely right. We understand that underclassmen don’t possess a designated area of congregation, such as the student center, but the hallway should not serve as one, especially when it’s time to change classes. However, the freshman pit and the tables and chairs in the atrium are perfect for this kind of in-between-class mass gathering.
Some people find it extremely inconvenient when they are trying to walk to Convocation or class and they have to dodge a brigade of students lingering in the hallway in order to make it on time.
For those of us who have endured the long and boring hours of drivers ed, we can use our knowledge of the road in the hallway too. Stay on the right side of the hallway at all times, especially when turning a corner, just as you would on the road. Follow the speed limit all times or you will face serious consequences. Don’t walk so slow that you are holding up everyone, but we certainly don’t want you going so fast that you are sprinting to class and ramming into people left and right. That’s just not okay.
The hallways can also be divided by an imaginary yellow dotted line. On the road this means that passing is allowed with caution (caution being the key word). If someone needs to get around you, you don’t want to be “that” person who makes it impossible. Definitely don’t take being passed personally because some people are just really eager to get to class.
Not only is it common courtesy to obey the rules of the road while driving, but it will also prevent all kinds of accidents and road blocks, fatal or not. Now, we’re not saying that you will see a 12 car pile up in the hallways (that seems a bit extreme), but something like that seems to happen every day in some way or another.
Rosalie Candau (’10) gives helpful advice: “Be mindful of your surroundings and try not to stand in the middle of the hallway.” If people would just pay a little more attention to where they have deemed their “gathering area” for the slim five-minute break in between classes, we wouldn’t have this issue.
Randy Keller (’12) and Bekka Simko (’10) agree people can stop this problem by just being aware of what is going on around them. If someone is trying to walk and you are obviously and obstruction, it would be appreciated if you moved or shifted to the side.
We understand that people love to stop and talk in the middle of the hallway; we get it. It would be hypocritical to say that we have not been convicted of this crime ourselves. But we have learned and experienced what chaos awaits outside of the classroom when the clock strikes 10:05 or 3:20. We want to try and make things go smoother to the best of our ability when it comes to hallway traffic. You never know when you’ll be in that position trying to get to class on time.
So next time you decide to flock tp the middle of the hallway after class, think for a second. You wouldn’t want people standing in your way either.