Senators debate a 24-hour Coleman

The Robert M. Strozier library will not be the only place to cram for tests much longer. The Florida A&M Student Government Association is moving for a bill to make Coleman Library open 24 hours a week.

Bernard Jackson, a third-year jazz studies student from Tampa is sponsoring the bill. FAMU will provide funding for everything to be operated during the overnight hours in the Coleman library, except the security. There are mixed emotions around campus about the library extending its hours.

Dyasia Leon, a first-year business administration student said, “I don’t know about the library being open for 24 hours, I think it’s a safety hazard.”

However, library security will be enforced throughout the night by the Barkley Security Agency. It will cost the university approximately $46,939 for security guards to patrol the area from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. Funding for the security guards will come directly from the SGA legislative branch.

Some people think the library extending its hours is long overdue at the university. Ryan Singleton, a senior occupational wellness student agrees with the idea.

“I’m glad to see FAMU stepping it up. The library needs to be 24 hours,” said Singleton.

The bill for the library has already been approved according to Morris Hawkins, the coordinator of accounting in student activities. “The extended hours at the library will go into affect when all the necessary paperwork has been processed,” said Hawkins.

The university’s goal is to have a safe learning environment for its students to take care of business even in the late hours of the night. Most students are excited that they will no longer have to travel to FSU just to study for an exam.