First-year Joy Jiang is an occasional user of the tents on UNC's campus. She likes to sit under them for shade on hot days while waiting for her friends to finish class or just to enjoy being outside.
Provost Chris Clemens announced this month that the tents will be removed from campus after Commencement, which is on May 8.
The tents were put up around campus during the pandemic to provide students with a COVID-19-friendly seating option.
Although Jiang admits the tents aren't the prettiest thing on campus, she said she'll miss the extra outdoor seating.
“It's sad that they're taking it down," she said. "Unless they have something that is going to go in the place of it, I wouldn't take it down."
Jiang also uses the tents to avoid being cramped indoors with people. She said the tents are helpful when the dining halls are packed with students and provide a safe space to sit outdoors during the pandemic and seasonal illnesses.
“The week before the last, like all of UNC, a very large portion of students got sick and some of us was due to allergies, others of us was due to COVID and then I know people who got the flu in April,” Jiang said. “So like sitting outside, especially if there's like a lot of people, it's really nice.”
Some students, like first-year Joseph Solomon, said they will not miss the tents at all. He said he often uses the tent directly outside of his dorm, but has always hated the one on the quad.
"It's got to go," Solomon said. "It's ugly. It's an eyesore. It blocks the view."