UNBSJ students protest lack of quiet study space

December 1, 2011

With final exams approaching, students at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John held a protest earlier this week about a lack of quiet study space on campus. Organizers say UNBSJ's new Hans W. Klohn Commons is more of a social gathering place than a library, and not very functional for students looking to study quietly or work on an assignment. The VP of the Saint John campus says the institution is considering its options for creating more study space, but that the Ward Chipman library, which the Commons replaced and is now sitting mostly empty, won't likely be reopened as a place where students can work, even temporarily. Some faculty members are expressing concerns about the Commons. "The library is the physical heart of the university," says one professor. "This is a very stressful time for students, and we are selling our students short by not providing them the proper facilities." Telegraph-Journal | CBC