Do or Don’t Dia: responsibility keeps some students indoors on Diadeloso

Jessica Hubble | Multimedia Editor

By McKenna Middleton | Opinion Editor

Most students wait in eager anticipation for the special Tuesday when Baylor grants a much-needed academic break and fun events spring up around campus. For those who contribute to the maintenance of the university’s most vital functions, however, Diadeloso plans are thwarted by responsibility.

Students who worked on Dia still often find time to take part in festivities, whether before or after their shifts.

Moody Memorial Library was open during its regular hours from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Some of the library’s student employees, including Bedford sophomore Sandra Miruka, spent some of her day behind a desk, ready to assist library patrons. Miruka has worked at the Tech Point Desk in the library for about a year and said she worked for two hours on Tuesday morning. She said this followed her usual shift schedule, but that she didn’t want to work on Dia.

“The library is still open, so we’re still having our shifts in motion. I just really wanted this whole day off. Also, I wanted to sleep, too,” Miruka said. “But, I’m excited because I get off at a good time so I can still go out and enjoy things that are going to happen later today.”

Some students with jobs on campus were able to take the day off for Dia, but still decided to use that time to be productive. Burnet junior Joseph Clarkson said, since the beginning of this semester, he has worked at the Honors College Office on Tuesdays.

“Today they cancelled work to give us a break before Honors Week, when things become very busy in the office,” Clarkson said. “I think I’ll use the extra time to work on a paper and presentation that are due next week.”

Lubbock sophomore Kaylee Wilson has been working as a student tour guide at the Wiethorn Undergraduate Admissions Center since August. She spent four hours of Dia at work, but not because it fell within her normal schedule. She volunteered to work on Dia, since the office only needed a few students to perform the visitor center duties that day.

“We actually didn’t offer any campus tours to incoming prospective students. We do have two group tours that are just groups of middle schoolers coming in wanting to walk around campus,” Wilson said. “Those are normally more basic anyways, especially if it’s middle schoolers. We do a walking tour just around the perimeter of campus. There will probably be a lot of questions about what’s going on, and we might have to change our route, but not much is different about the group tours.”

Although the Pullin Family Marina and Russell Gymnasium were closed on Dia, Campus Recreation employees could be found monitoring the pools, assisting with the rock walls and serving from the front desk of the Student Life Center after 6 p.m.

Campus Recreation employee and Plano senior Brian Chimezie spent his past Nochedeloso and Diadeloso working at the Student Life Center. He said these shifts just happened to fit into his regular schedule, but that working didn’t completely hinder his Dia plans.

“At first I was [bummed], but once I started working it just felt like a normal day to me. I kind of got used to it,” Chimezie said. “I just basically hung out with my friends … It was still good. Today on Dia we hung out at a beach. So we still did some Dia-esque stuff.”