The new policy has stirred up mixed emotions within the student body. When a survey was sent to students, almost 80% of the 100 students asked said that they did not think the assigned seating was necessary. In addition, when asked if they liked the seating 89% of students responded no, 2% responded yes and 8% said they didn't mind it.
“[teachers/proctors] believed we weren’t doing work before in study hall, but I think work was getting done most of the time” Brendan Kazanjian (‘18) said.
Also when asked about the rule of juniors having to show their grades to go out to the patio, he said “If sophomores were allowed to go out to the patio and had to show their grades to go that would not be fair”
Griff Gosnell (‘16) was surprised to hear what was going on during study halls. He believed it was “unfair” to the students as they will be going to college in a few years and should be able to make decisions regarding their study habits. He also stated that the rule on having to show grades to be able to go to the patio was inappropriate, claiming that “students should be able to sink or swim on their own” and “shouldn’t have to show the proctors in order to have a basic freedom of being able to go outside.”
Only time will tell if the new rules will help improve the grades of students while also creating a more productive atmosphere, and it will be very interesting to see if this system continues to be enforced during study halls for freshmen, sophomores and juniors.