Final weeks in 17551

Christian Harding
Assoc. Opinion Editor

As I approach the final stretch of my four-year-long educational experience here at Millersville University, I’m starting to be reminded of all the changes that have taken place during the time I’ve spent here. And as someone who has been a part of this university’s community for such an extended amount of time, I’ve began to take notice to the more than fair amount of changes which have been taking place, spanning from the beginning of my freshman year to what is now the final months of my senior year.

muyooFor instance, when I stared out here, a few key pillars of what was in place as the established day to day norm here has now been changed. Some examples include that Hobbs Hall was still standing and available to house incoming freshman students, and how the men’s track team was still around. Also worth noting is when the McNairy Library was the Ganser Library and had still been un-renovated, let alone in use. Now-a-days, none of these things are found to be a reality anymore, which are some pretty drastic changes over a period of less than four full years.

Don’t get me wrong here, I’m not at all condemning these changes, nor am I suggesting that things ought to have been left the way they were during my freshman year. I’m just simply waxing nostalgia on my soap box over here. It’s kind of nuts to think that even though I’m still in one of the earliest and most eagerly looked back upon times of anybody’s life, I feel like I’ve already been through so much. If this is how contemplative I become whilst still having a safety net, I’m anxious to discover how different things might feel when I don’t have at least an entire semester’s worth of time to plan ahead and prepare myself.

And this is all to say nothing of the numerous upcoming changes on the horizon. What’s planned for the future as the newly proposed printing limit, the increasingly uncertain future of Millersville’s state school status, and the brand new dorms currently under construction. These are all mighty big changes, and I’m fairly certain that the university will handle them with diligence, and that the average student will go on with his or her day to day routine feeling uniformly unaffected (which is probably for the best, anyway).

ducksnshitOf course, it goes without saying that like any major institution, the business end of Millersville University, as well as its campus life, is just evolving and will most likely continue to do so after I’m long gone from here. But at which point should we ask ourselves if this change is getting to be a little too much? Again, I don’t mean to sound as if I’m arguing against the amount of changes that have been occurring. It’s just that this increasingly large amount getting done over such a condensed period of time is interesting to note, is all.

On the whole, I suppose that all of the major changes that have occurred here have been for the betterment of this campus. I certainly can’t think of any which have negatively affected me personally in any way (though the new printing limit has yet to be put into practice). And in a more general sense, most change is pretty healthy. While I’m a firm believer in the old adage “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” I’m also certainly open minded to a few brand new changes. That is, if the effects of said change are more in the positive realm than the negative. As far as Millersville University is concerned, only time will tell whether or not the changes being made are for the better, though that’s no doubt the intention. Here’s hoping everything works out in the end, since I won’t be around to see it all in practice.