When the weekend rolls around, something interesting takes place. The dorms are a little quieter, the music isn’t blasting as loudly, several buildings once filled to the brim with students are closed down. Hazleton would never be mistaken for the hustlin’ and bustlin’ city of New York, and the campus reflects that in the way everything seems to come to a halt when the clock hits 12 and Saturday begins.
The term ghost town never seemed more appropriate and all that’s missing is a tumbleweed aimlessly rolling down the hill.
“There’s absolutely nothing to do on campus on the weekends,” said Shakira Laing.
It’s a sentiment shared by Nicholas Gil who finds that he’s forced to keep himself occupied as the weekend drags on and the threat of being lulled into complacency lurks around every corner.
“It gets boring,” said Gil.
Students without a car and with buses not being reliable find it easy to feel stranded on the campus. To make matters worse, the cafeteria shuts down at 6:30 on weekends.
Although there is a lack of things to eat and do, one student sees it a bit differently.
“The weekend is a perfect time for me to catch up with homework that is due for the upcoming week,” said Anthony Trezza.
Many students such as Trezza realize if they wish to avoid succumbing to the monotony that comes with the weekend then they’ll have to be proactive and make things fun for themselves.
“I always find a way to keep myself occupied by finding groups of people and arranging something interesting and fun to do, said Trezza. “After my work, I enjoy rallying my friends and hanging out with them. We usually can figure something out to do quickly.”
Homework, sleeping and hanging out with friends is the weekend trifecta and for Shawn Perkiss, working out in the gym is also an option. He’s often greeted by a near empty weight room.
“It is more of your personal gym when you go,” said Perkiss.
As a Resident Assistant, Perkiss sometimes works with other RAs to put together a pleasurable experience for those who remain on campus. But it isn’t too often.
For now, Gil will have to settle with playing Xbox with friends while Laing uses the time to catch up on work and sleep, though she wishes things would get more exciting so she could welcome weekends with open arms instead of a sigh.
“The campus is very depressing on the weekends.”