Practicality, Use Buildings Better



I really hope that when ASU comes to Payson they gain a bit of our small town common sense and can stop some of the ludicrous behavior they and the U of A exhibit. The two most egregious examples of this pertain to class scheduling and the use of buildings. Both institutions are state funded and the Arizona Constitution mandates that they be as nearly free as possible, unfortunately they sometimes seem to want to make them as expensive and inaccessible as possible.

In regards to scheduling, a class will meet two to three times per week for 50 to 75 minutes. Classes are generally held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are virtually no classes after 5 p.m. or on the weekends. So if you work from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. you probably will not be going to ASU. Even if you could get time off, it is unlikely that you will get the two or three days off necessary to go to the short class sessions. I find it astonishing that the very taxpayers who fund the state universities are precluded from going to them because of the bizarre schedules they create for no rational reason.

As far as buildings go, both universities are on a never-ending construction spree. This is nice in the sense that it creates construction jobs and the structures look nice, but what is the point? To effectively double the size of either campus for free one need only open the doors in the mornings, evenings and weekends. Over half of the time the buildings just sit empty, yet we are still paying for the utilities and loans.

ASU, when you come to Payson I beseech you to use some of your erudition to develop a bit of common sense. Take a cue from the community colleges and make classes available during times when the normal taxpayers who subsidize your institution can actually attend it.

I know it sounds crazy, but why not double your revenue and cut your building costs in half by actually utilizing the buildings you have rather than letting them sit empty over 50 percent of the time as they currently do? And please do not build nonstop monuments to your own greatness. I think most people would prefer to actually be able to attend the university instead of seeing another pretty new empty building named after the dean.

Gary Austin


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