Noise complaint at Canticle

To the Editor of Lumen,

Waking up in the morning is not something a normal college student wants to do on his or her own, but being woken up at 6 a.m. is horren­dous.

The new parking lot next to Canti­cle House at 814 Eighth St. has been a work in progress for the semester. While it seems the workers were procrastinating on actually finish­ing the parking lot, there was work being done on the lot, but not what needed to be done.

In the mid-afternoon a few weeks ago, the lights for the lot were put in. Then, last week, landscaping was also done during the mid-afternoon. All this was done without disrupt­ing any student’s sleep.

Meanwhile, on the morning of Friday, Oct. 7, paving began on the parking lot. Tinkering began at around 6 a.m., a leaf blower was turned on at about 6:30 a.m., and the paving begun at 6:45 a.m. The lot was finished being paved at around 8:30 a.m. and the workers were gone by 9:00 a.m.

According to page 72 of the Stu­dent Handbook under “Quiet and Courtesy Hours,” quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday-Thursday. This allows for students to rest and study peacefully without outside disturbances.

According to the City of La Crosse website, under ordinance 7.02, sec­tion 2, “No person shall operate or permit the operation of any equip­ment used in construction work between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m.”.

While most of the construction began after 7 a.m., it still began too early. It also interfered with quiet hours for the residents living in the 814 building of Canticle House. The paving of the parking not only broke a city ordinance, it also broke quiet hours.

What can be done to make up for the loss of sleep, which also results in loss of attention span in class? Will Canticle House residents be allowed to park in the lot free of charge for the numerous mornings they were woken up before 7 a.m. when work was being done on the lot?

And what about the lights for the lot? The lights are so bright so that light shines back in to the residents’ rooms, thus making it too bright to sleep at night. What is going to be done about that?

Ryne Baumhover, junior English major

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