We’ve all done it. Either slept in O’Neill, cozied up on the new Stokes couches, or dozed off in Bapst. Apparently, Harvard students have faced the same problem: sleep deprivation. Except at Harvard the administration’s reaction has been to seriously consider installing a nap room.
It all started when Harvard sophomore Yuqi Hou started an online petition to install a nap room on campus, which surprisingly received more than 191 “yes” votes. Hou argued that students were being deprived of sleep daily and “going back to the dorm to nap is not time-effective.” The petition has made its way to the Dean of Harvard College, Evelynn M. Hammonds, who for now is taking it under consideration.
However, Harvard isn’t the only higher institution on board with this idea. The University of Colorado at Boulder installed a “Siesta Room” in 2009, and schools such as University of California-Davis, the University of Texas, and even Boston College have made “nap maps” that tell students the best places to get some Zs on campus.
The question remains, what does this mean for BC? It would be easy to assume that this would have its fair share of support from a number of students.
Freshman Andrew Muntean says, “It would be great for students who live on Newton or off campus. I’d love to have one. Or at lease some proper couches around.” But while most students would probably be in favor of a nap room, there are certain practicalities to be dealt with. Some students would not want a nap room because they “want to sleep in [their] comfy clothes and wouldn’t want to sleep where other people just slept.”
One sophomore, who wished to remain anonymous said, “I don’t want to go to a place where other people are napping to nap. Do that in the confines of your own room. The time you spend going to the nap room could be spent napping, and that’s a waste of precious sleeping time. It better be a sanitary room. Also why spend money on a nap room when you could afford elevators made out of gold?”
While the cost of a nap room wouldn’t exactly equal that of the gold elevators, it does bring up a valid point. Installing a nap room would certainly be expensive. For Harvard, who has an endowment of roughly 30 billion dollars, a nap room is a real possibility. With space limited as it is, it would be difficult for BC to find a place to insert a nap room, since it would presumably have to be located on the already developed middle campus to accommodate all students.
School, major and year: A&S, Economics, 2015
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What makes the Gavel so BANGin’? We keep it fresh. It’s drippin with swagger and is home to some of the coolest cats on campus. The Gavel is always fun and I’ve met nothing short of amazing people and writers here.
You have 24 hours to give prospective students a tour of BC and convince them to enroll. How do you spend the day? I’d start by getting some coffee and a personalized omelet at Mac. Then we’d go lose our voices at a football game and wear our super awesome Superfan shirts. We would then go see one of the amazing Acapella groups perform. We’d get some Mac N Cheese from the Rat for lunch. We would go see My Mother’s Fleabag for an awesome good time. Then we’d take a break and visit the dorms (i.e. sit in my room and watch Mean Girls…because Mean Girls.). We would then go to a hockey game, then to the Mods, and end the night at Late Night.
If you could go back in time and give yourself a pep talk the night before you moved into BC as a freshman, what is the most important piece of advice that you would give to your former self? Eat your vegetables and take a lot of pictures.
What is your favorite study spot on campus? The Rat
What is your go-to meal at Late Night? That delicious Simply Orange juice the dining halls always have stocked. This and a personal pizza topped with ketchup. Judge all you want, but ketchup on pizza is the best thing to happen since Game of Thrones.
What is the #1 most played song on your iTunes? “I Always Knew” by the Vaccines
What is the best Halloween costume that you have ever worn? I was Minnie Mouse as a kid. Not trying to brag, but I rocked the ears off that costume.
If you could only eat at one restaurant for the rest of your life, which would you choose? Del Taco
If you could befriend the main characters from any TV show or movie, who would you choose and why? Easy. Harry Potter. (I’m assuming) I’d get to go to Hogwarts, be a wizard AND be friends with Harry, Ron, and Hermione. It’s a win win, for me anyway. If I can’t be a wizard then i’d be friends with the main characters from This Is The End.