Typical Princeton students who caught basketball fever this spring are having their styles seriously cramped by departmental relocations resulting from the Frist Campus Center's construction. The University's only outdoor concrete proving ground for basketball, hockey and lacrosse enthusiasts – Dillon pit – is being replaced by modular buildings for the Near Eastern Studies and East Asian Studies departments for two years.
The University has limited outdoor recreational options as is, and the de facto removal of these concrete courts will only make it harder for students looking for outdoor fun. Commencing Dillon pit construction at the time of year when the weather starts to warm up, and the indoor Dillon facilities start their scaled-back hours, essentially leaves students with nowhere to turn.
While it is now too late to stop the impending construction of the modular buildings, the University needs to take note of the adverse effect this construction will have on students' casual time. Whether looking into the relocation of NES and EAS offices into other buildings on campus, or simply putting the trailers somewhere else, the University should have more closely examined other options, and kept Dillon pit available for student use.