A Call to Improve the Conditions of the Community Area Behind Muse

2 min read During my freshman days, I would take up the hobby of walking across campus and finding areas that would give me a sense of tranquility.

The community area by Muse

Photo Credit: (Michael Aaron Coopersmith) One area that I've noticed doesn't get the proper attention and respect that it deserves is the community area behind Muse.

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By Michael Aaron Coopersmith | mcoopersmith@radford.edu

During my freshman days, I would take up the hobby of walking across campus and finding areas that would help give me a sense of tranquility.

I was never alone with my enjoyment of these areas, as other students would congregate to relax or participate in social interactions.

These places offer a sense of calmness, serenity, and community that one might not be able to get confined to their dormitory.

One area that I’ve noticed doesn’t get the proper attention and respect that it deserves is the community area behind Muse. I can best describe it as a “Hole-in-the-wall” spot.

One area that I’ve noticed doesn’t get the proper attention and respect that it deserves is the community area behind Muse.

Upon entering, I first travel along a pathway covered with plants on both sides. It connects to an area in which trees and plants surround the stone floor’s edge. Along a wall that divides a portion of land containing a wide variety of trees has a small fountain. I find pleasure in the aesthetic of orange and red leaves falling off the trees, blanketing the old weathered stone.

This little area has a sense of peace due to its seclusion, yet this benefit is its undoing.

It saddens me that this area’s treatment by the student population and maintenance is terrible.

When I visited it just last Sunday, lying right in the middle of it was an empty bottle of vodka.

Looking more around the area, I noticed the bits and pieces of trash, black plastic containers next to the bushes, empty soda bottles floating in the fountain, and processed food containers buried within the dirt.

I can only assume that this area is experiencing a period of disrespect and neglect.

Vodka bottle behind Muse
Photo Credit: (Michael Aaron Coopersmith) A vodka bottle was found on the ground behind Muse.

All I can do is call on the student body and maintenance to reform this place’s treatment:

To maintenance, a quick clean-up of trash can beautify and improve this small area’s ecology.

To the Student Body, I can only ask you to pay better respect towards the area. It would help if you looked down on littering. This area is not a convenient trash can.

I believe we understand the effects of pollution can still be harmful to the environment, even on a small scale. This treatment is rude of us.

There is still time to change and make sure that we fix our pollution habits towards this area. How we treat our environment reflects upon our character and the type of conditions we choose to live in – whether good or bad.