After hammocks were banned on campus, SGA has responded with the long-awaited hammock poles earlier this month. After acquisition of the hammock poles last year, they have finally been installed.
SGA Facilities Senator Truman Fischesser stated that the process for installing the hammock stands took a significant amount of time due to going through the liability and signage requirements, which can take a while to process.
“I think it took more time than I had hoped, but I understand the delay,” Fischesser said. “Once I was in office, I picked up the project to finish it.”
The total cost for purchase and installation was $258.39, and after one year of preparation, the actual hammock stands took approximately two hours to put in place.
Fischesser explained that there was a big miscommunication between the Director of Facilities Operations, Dan Toro, and himself that led to the delay in the production of the hammock stands. After this was resolved, the installation process began.
“One year was a little long, but a reasonable time has to be assumed for a task of this nature,” Fischesser said.
Fischesser hopes that the installation of these new hammock stands will bring students together and help them to further appreciate the beauty of Vanguard’s campus.
“I have asked many students on their thoughts of the hammock stands and so far, I have only received positive feedback,” Fischesser said.
Freshman Harrison Sutton thinks that they are a great addition to campus because they add serenity to an already pleasurable community and environment.
“The hammocks are great for meeting new people, and also serve as an escape from reality; something many anxious and sleep deprived students enjoy,” Sutton said.
But the new stands have not been met without criticism. Junior Javail Trice finds them to be less than helpful.
“We have over two thousand students on campus and it just [seems] awkward that there are only two [hammock stands] installed,” Trice said.
Sophomore Nayeli Rodrigues considers the hammock installation rules to be unnecessary.
“The rules are doable but seriously, if I hammock I know it’s my responsibility,” Rodrigues said. “My initial reaction was ‘what only two of them’, but now that I think about it, not a lot of people are going to be using them,” Rodrigues said.
Fischesser added that if SGA continues to receive positive feedback about the hammock stands, they will try to install more hammocks in different locations on campus in hopes of growing a stronger sense of community.