Today's award goes jointly and severally to everyone at the University of Maryland who's behind, or endorses, this proposal.
The SGA [Student Government Association] voted to endorse a proposal that would implement two napping stations in the University of Maryland's McKeldin Library for students in need of a midday snooze.
The vote passed 28-2 with four abstentions.
MetroNaps EnergyPods, which have a "futuristic appeal," include a 20-minute timer, a privacy visor, storage space, a light mimicking sunrise at the end of the nap and a music feature, said Anthony Escalante, who created the proposal.
The order for two pods — including shipping, delivery, assembly and installation — would cost a combined $21,818.20 after applying a learning institution discount of $6,470.
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"We're here to help students succeed academically," Bartheld said. "We hear from them frequently that they want EnergyPods or a napping room or something just to help them make it through long hours of studying."
The ultimate goal is to install nap pods in all seven libraries on the campus, Escalante said.
There's more at the link.
Even with a "learning institution discount", the pods will cost almost $11,000 apiece. Are you, like me, wondering why universities are charging their student so much these days? I think we've just found one more reason.
I have a suggestion. Let's take over an empty room somewhere on campus (or erect a "temporary structure", just like the US Army did in World War II - some of which are still in use today!). Inside it, we'll put a couple of rows of these.
There must be thousands of them stored in military warehouses across the country; and if those aren't available, you can get plans and build them out of wood. (Heck, you can buy modern reproductions on Amazon.com, or get the originals from military surplus stores like this one; either costs less than 5% of the price of an EnergyPod!) I reckon, for the price of a single pod, you could probably buy or build a dozen stout, strong double bunks, each equipped with a foam mattress (which will probably be a lot more comfortable than the original), sheets, a pillow and a blanket. Heck, if that was good enough for Uncle Sam's fighting men, back in the day, it's surely good enough for their descendants - today's special snowflake students! The budget should even be enough to provide earplugs and sleep masks. As for privacy, too bad. Let the students get used to snoring, other students' poor personal hygiene, and the occasional fart. They can toughen up while they nap!
There. I've just saved the University of Maryland tens (possibly hundreds) of thousands of dollars, provided nap facilities out the wazoo compared to one or two isolated pods, and ensured gainful employment for all the carpenters, builders and vendors who'll supply the needful. Am I a financial genius, or what?