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Feel free to sleep in

Early morning classes should be offered in the afternoon as well

It is a well-known fact that the sleeping habits of most collegestudents could indeed earn them a failing grade, yet manyuniversities, including SMU, insist on sending students to thecollege version of detention, forcing them to enroll in the muchdisliked 8 a.m. classes with no other option.

Although most people resent the thought of using their brainsthat early in the morning, taking an early-morning class is nearlyinevitable.

Although it is not our idea of fun to rise before the roosters,sadly there are two kinds of students on this campus. There arethose that have already suffered through the dreaded hour and thosewho will.

The usual model-like appearance of some students is vaporized.It’s difficult to grasp how these people manage to keep theirmakeup so perfect despite 80-degree heat and humidity.

And the hair! It looks straight out of a Vidal Sassooncommercial. But with the 8 a.m. classes, entire morningscan’t be spent prepping up for the quarter-mile walk to HyerHall.

Recently, Duke University recognized this crucial detail, anddecided to do away with all 8 a.m. classes beginning in thefall.

With that said, it makes no sense that various departments offercore classes only at 8 a.m. Hopefully, the SMU administration willfollow the move made by Duke. Numerous national surveys show thatcollege students sleep an average of six to seven hours anight.

There is no doubt that some readers are exclaiming at this exactmoment saying that they sleep far less than the average. Just likein test curve situations, there are always people who blow thecurve. Believe it or not, some of your fellow college studentsactually get at least nine hours of sleep on a regular basis.

SMU should seriously look out for the student’s wellbeingwhen creating class schedules.

By rushing to make the 8 a.m. classes, most students stumbleinto class irritated from sleep deprivation. Then they have adifficult time focusing.

Ed Board does however realize that there are some students oncampus who actually take pleasure in the early morning classes.

Athletes or students who work nights prefer to get done withtheir classes earlier in the day so that they have time for otherobligations.

With that in mind, we should offer two sections of a particularclass so that both groups are accommodated. Classes that areoffered at eight should also be offered later in the day.

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