Derek Sherlock –Anchor Staff
I was writing a paper on campus over the weekend when I suddenly had a craving for some snacks. It dawned on me that we should have a mini convenience store on campus again.
For those who are new to the campus, the game room in the Student Union was formerly a mini-convenience store where you could buy candy, laundry detergent, canned soup, and other items you would find at a corner store. Last year it turned into the Hub and then The Game Room, and most of the items that were sold in the mini-mart were switched over to the bookstore. A major difference between the convenience store and the bookstore are hours of operation: the bookstore is only open during the week, whereas the mini-mart was open on weekends. Now, if someone runs out of laundry soap on a Friday night, the only option they have is to walk down to Family Dollar, CVS, or the Stop and Shop.
If we had a mini-mart or an old-time general store that is open longer hours and over the weekend, it would help students out tremendously. The convenience of a store across the road from the resident halls have, and could again, save students precious time if they are without a car. I would like to see Rhode Island College become a small hub of social life, similar to URI where a small town has been built around its campus. A convenience store would help create that environment.
While building a town around RIC would be out of the question, we could create a small village on campus for not only those who live on campus but those who commute. For nine months out of the year, RIC could be a home away from home without having to go far. This could ultimately benefit those of us who are lacking any real funds to travel out into Rhode Island, but want to have a bit of fun.
A mini-general store could be practice for young students to buy household items and perform household tasks, and it would benefit the overall environment of the college.