If you have anything to do with the Park School, you’ve noticed the slew of new flat screen TVs that showed up in the hallway over spring break. You can’t move five steps inside the building without running into a different, yet identical, expensive-looking TV hung overhead.
Frankly, we wonder what was wrong with the two flat screens that were already on display, and actually being used, in the lobby. One has Park School-related information (like what awards Park won six years ago and upcoming thesis screenings) and the other one usually plays CNN. What more do you need to see while you walk to your classroom or down to PPECS?
Now, even more than before, walking through Park feels ridiculous, constantly walking past pointless, high-quality flat screen TVs. And when we say pointless, we’re not exaggerating or ranting. We mean it in the sense that these TVs, which are not being used and seem to have no purpose, are actually pointless.
What was wrong with the couple of informative monitors in the lobby?
In the only times we’ve seen them turned on, a Mind The Gap logo was on it, and another time a blank computer screen took over the monitor. So really, what’s the point? People don’t need to see the same stuff on four different screens at once, especially if it’s a logo or… nothing.
Why does Ithaca College seem to be addicted to frivolous spending on the interior aesthetics of Park? (Check out the rainbow lights in Room 220 or the hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on the tile floor in the lobby.)
We’re assuming the only reason to install such things is to recruit potential students, but are students really going to come to Park based on the quantity of (not turned-on) nice TVs we have in the hallway?
Considering the TVs don’t seem to be in use yet, or at least productive use, we can’t help but question why they’re there. Even if they were all turned on, what purpose do they serve?
It seems as though Ithaca College is just committed to unnecessary spending. As if hundreds of thousands of dollars on a tile floor ($350,000, to be clear) weren’t enough, we have to now add unused TVs to the list.
If only that money could be spent on new computers, equipment or technology that might actually help students accomplish things during their time at college…
-A Giblin/Konerman joint