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Common hour is met with mixed opinions

Julia Snyder
Associate News Editor

As the end of the semester draws close,  many people are turning to reflect on the changes that have been made this semester. A popular focus is the addition of a common hour.

The common hour’s purpose is “to create a time dedicated to activities that support co-curricular learning and development of our students during a time when all students (residents and commuters alike), faculty, staff and others can share academic goals outside of the classroom,” according to the school website. Every Tuesday and Thursday from 12:05 to 1:10 in the afternoon, students and faculty are encouraged to meet with peers and focus on professional development.

Despite the intended purpose for the common hour, many students use the break in their schedules to grab lunch, or take a nap. Sophomore early education and special education dual major Jess Goodman values the break in her block scheduled classes as her only chance to eat in the afternoon. However, she is often dismayed at the hectic lines at The North Side Bistro and The Cove, which take up the majority of the hour she has outside of class. Due to the fact that most MU students consider eating a priority during this time, clubs and development have become an afterthought.

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“It’s frustrating because clubs will say ‘lets meet up,’ but I can’t because that’s the only time I have to eat,” said Goodman.

Dr. Oliver Dreon, the director of the Center for Academic Excellence is hopeful that the university will adjust to the scheduling change.

“Culture is slow to change… things happen glacially,” said Dreon.

The idea for the common hour was taken from surrounding schools, and was requested by professors and students who have had previous experience with the concept. Although the Millersville University model may not be flawless at this moment, Dreon believes that it is still a great opportunity for the MU community. However, Dreon believes it is still too early to evaluate the program at this time.

According to Dreon, “Millersville is going to be proud of this decades from now.”