UTAH TECH UNIVERSITY'S STUDENT NEWS SOURCE | January 27, 2023

Campus sleepyheads map out perfect nap nooks

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If you have deemed the Dixie State College campus a good place for a snooze, you are not alone.

Taking an accidental snooze in the middle of class isn’t the only naptime DSC students are getting on campus. Some students have found favorite spots outside the classroom to go zonk out during their free time.

Some of the more popular dozing zones include the red couches in the foyer of the Eccles Fine Arts Building, the couches and Lovesacs in the Gardner Center and, weather permitting, on the cement slabs that surround the fountain by the old gym.

“The Eccles couches are the best place for naps because it is quiet, and the couches are super comfortable,” said Alexis Holden, a junior communication major from Fairfield, Calif.

Holden said napping there is convenient because she knows many of the people in the building, which makes napping in public a little less uncomfortable.

Other places that students consider worthwhile crash pads are the couches in the student government room, by the windows on the upper floors of the Holland Centennial Commons, and the classroom their next class is held in (as long as its empty). 

“The couch in the student government room is really comfortable,” said Jill Wulfenstein, a junior communication major from Pahrump, Nev. “It’s nice because I am usually spending all my time on campus and in the government room, so if I need a little power nap, it’s right there.”

If none of the buildings on campus suit your napping needs, or if you’re a little shy when it comes to public scenes of snoozing, another option to try is your car.

“I sleep in my van because its super comfy,” said Derek Owen, a senior biology major from St. George.

Owen said he usually parks for naps in the dirt parking lot by the Eccles building, but on days it is too hot to be out in the sun, he parks under the trees by the Burns Arena for “optimal nap time.”

But why are students taking their siestas on campus instead of heading home?

For most, the biggest issue is travel time.

“I don’t go home because it’s too friggin’ far away!” Wulfenstein said.

Owen agreed that the distance is a hassle.

“I live in Bloomington Hills, kind of by Desert Hills High School, so it is not really worth the time it takes to drive back and forth,” Owen said.

Travel time becomes a bigger issue for students who don’t have a car to use.

“I take naps on the student government couches because I ride my bike to school, and it is just easier to stay at the school than ride all the way home and have to rush to get back,” said Ezra Hainsworth, a sophomore communication major from Mt. Pleasant. 

Whether you have just a few minutes to catch some quick shut-eye, or a couple of hours to kill before another class or activity on campus, taking a nap at school really isn’t that uncommon. If you visit these nap spots, you might even end up with a sleepy-time snuggle buddy to catch some Z’s with.