Attention to detail
With the public release of the much-anticipated Campus Master Plan, much of the campus community's attention will shift to long-term growth, the results of which students will only appreciate on far-off Reunion Weekends. While the new plan may make for impressive, high-tech presentations and intricate models, we must not let the potential for exciting future development supplant the very real and tangible needs that the College currently faces.
As the consultants admitted, their plan is concerned with a broad, comprehensive vision for Bowdoin, a vision that extends nearly 50 years. Understandably, such a plan cannot get bogged down in minutiae. As students, however, we are often concerned about even minor details that have a discernable impact on our daily lives.
Every day, Bowdoin students make their way through the Union, work out at the gym, and cross local streets. And every day, they find crashed computers in the Union, a woefully inadequate gym, and barely visible crosswalks. Despite the fact that a handful of computers have been replaced, aging, unreliable computers still populate the Union and Druckenmiller. The current size of the Watson Fitness Center leads to long waits for cardiovascular equipment. The crosswalks on College Street and other streets near campus have long since faded, creating hazardous conditions for pedestrians and drivers alike.
These are issues that, while seemingly minor in comparison to such larger issues as enrollment size and new campus construction, affect the students on campus now, not ten, 20, or 50 years from now. None of these require a multi-million dollar master plan to solve-just a little attention to detail.
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