Williams students feel isolated from activities on campus

Shelby Collins
Staff Writer

issackautz-williamsIsaac Kautz| The Hudsonian

Though the 8-minute walk to Williams Hall doesn’t seem that significant, it prevents students from experiencing all Hudson Valley has to offer.

“I feel like we’re kind of over in the corner, and everything happens more or less in the center of campus,” said Harry Carroll, autobody and mechanics major.

Williams Hall and Cogan Hall are home to all of the building systems technology programs. They are located off of Williams Access road which is on the other side of campus. It takes approximately eight minutes to walk from the Campus Center to Williams Hall, compared to the two-to-three-minute walk from the Campus Center to the Marvin Library.

“It’s not so bad now, but when winter comes it’ll be worse,” said Chris Mueller, a first-year automotive student. Due to the snow and cool temperatures, Williams students feel they have more difficulty getting to-and-from their classes depending on the season.

“I never go to Welcome Week,” said Frank Plastini, automotive student. Due to how far away students are from the Campus Center, some students choose to not participate in the activities of Welcome Week.

Although students feel isolated from a majority of events, Hudson Valley’s administration does try to include Williams Hall. The breakfast events during Welcome Week included a station at Williams Hall outside of room 141.

Carol Masson, automotive technical services major, said he would feel better, “[if the college paid] a little bit more notice of what is going on on campus because we are so secluded over here.”

Although many students see being far from campus as negative, there are students who find the distance can be helpful for their studies. Students find that they are less distracted by campus events and can stay focused on their work. Students enrolled in the building systems technologies programs are impressed with rigor of the programs and the emphasis on hands-on experience.

The building of Williams Hall itself was built in 1967 and it got its name from the Williams family farm, which was purchased and turned into the college campus. After renovations, the cost estimate for Williams Hall alone was $11,056,500.

The renovation added amenities inside Williams Hall and Cogan Hall to aid students in their studies and experience at Hudson Valley. A cafeteria is located in the connecting area between the two buildings, and a computer lab and study center are open for student use.

Students find that these features are useful because the library and other resources are so far away from the hall.

“It gives me more time instead of me going all the way over to the library, and there are people to help me with quick tutoring,” said George Robinson, autobody and repair major. Although these additions were added, according to some students, improvements can still be made to Williams Hall.

Students felt they would benefit from updated computer systems and some new equipment in the automotive departments. Additionally, new parking lots would ease some of the stress of getting to class on time, which is a struggle for many Hudson Valley students.

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