If you can’t beat them, join the crowd

Construction and freshmen make Four Corners difficult to navigate at the start of the school year


Hillary Currier

Four Corners gets busy between classes. Students made their way through the crowd between 1st and 2nd block on Sept. 19.

By Liz Blodgett

With all the ongoing construction, the student body is noticing how crowded Four Corners and all the hallways have become.

    Though some believe the construction is the issue, others speculate the crowding to be a side effect of the school year just starting.

   Many upperclassmen are frustrated with the packed hallways because it seems to take students a lot longer to get to their classes this year compared to years in the past. Junior Jessica Miller explained why she thinks the construction is the main cause for the crowding problem.

    “I don’t know what [the school] would do to make it less of a problem,” Miller said. “A solution to this could be just letting people know that there are multiple ways of getting to point A from point B without going through Four Corners.”

    Before construction began, there were many different ways to get around the school. Students would normally cut through the courtyard or the commons to get to their next classes. However, both of those sections of the school have been demolished.

    “Four Corners is pretty bad at the start of every year—though this year, it does feel a bit more congested,” Principal Andy Van Fleet said. “This is again similar to every year; the freshmen are learning the traffic patterns and are realizing how chaotic and crazy that is.”

    Some students feel that even though Four Corners does get crazy at the beginning of every school year, it has become a whole lot worse due to construction.

    “Honestly, it is because of construction. A lot of the shortcuts that we used to avoid Four Corners are no longer there,” Miller said.

    Security guard Pete Kostel has watched over the halls during passing periods for many years, and he sides with Van Fleet.

    “Freshmen don’t know where they can go a little easier to get to their next class,” Kostel said. “Everybody wants to go to Four Corners initially, and then they see how crowded it is.” He agreed that construction does affect the hallway, but only by a small amount.

    Adults and students alike want the same end goal, which is to allow students and staff to get to where they want to go quickly and efficiently.