Shutdown of Wall Lawn Shortcut Stirs Up Deep Emotions within Campus Community

WALL –– This past week students were shocked to find the well worn path across the lawn in front of the E. Craig Wall Jr. Academic building to be covered with hay and grass seeds, off limits for any crossing feet. Many students were taken aback by the forced shift in their daily walking habits as a menacing sign now warns passersby to “KEEP ON THE PATHWAY” and a white tape wards of campus rebels.

The Yowl talked to displeased STEM students who have become accustomed to this shortcut and hurt by the sudden transformation. Jane Berrick ’23 described herself as “traumatized” over the closure of such a formative pathway in her time at Davidson thus far, and went on to say, “I have a right to be lazy. I don’t think I will ever have the motivation to visit Wall again” Alonside of Berrick, many STEM majors pondered moving over to the humanities due to this closure. However, English professor Jud Garly is “ecstatic” over the sudden disenfranchisement of the STEM building accessibility. The Biology department is prepared to lose at least 20 students in the next month. 

Many students were caught off guard with the new variety of pathways on campus due to construction and were actually put behind in their schedules without the minute or so cut in their usual walking times. Maxy Domin ’22 was horrified after his discovery of the construction and exclaimed it as “the most outrageous minor inconvenience since they started construction on Richardson.”A Davidson professor, commenting anonymously, told The Yowl how rates of tardiness and student sweating in class have increased dramatically since students are being forced to undertake the extra mileage of walking around the plot. 

Yet, it is not all dismal news as other students have actually expressed their relief in the campus changes, as the choice of pathways previously caused many ethical dilemmas in students’ daily schedules. Josie Hovis ’23 illuminated her own ethical quandaries saying, “I always felt comfortable walking that path in the dark, but the daytime pressure from all the potential bystanders just got to be too much. The closure has just completely solved this moral conundrum of mine. I love it when I’m forced to be ethical.” 

These modifications have certainly been stirring up some deep-seated emotions in Davidson students’ lives and affecting many on a daily basis. Issues surrounding the power  held by Physical Plant have arisen. Which pathways will be next and how will we have to adjust? With fall temperatures rolling in, expect to see many more lawn discrepancies and be on your toes for unexpected closures – it’s dangerous out there.  

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