Closing of Quiet Area Forces Students to Huntington Library

By Alyson Feis

The decision to move the Faculty/ Staff Dining area into the previous Quiet Center for Students has effected both students and faculty, but are both truly benefiting from the change?

Students who are returning for another semester at the college may notice some changes at the Ammerman campus, specifically the cafeteria. Located in the northeastern corner of the cafeteria there once was a designated Quiet Area for Students. This semester, however, the space has been relabeled as a Faculty/Staff Dinning Room.

Josephine Fleming at the Information Desk located in the Babylon Student Center explained, before the college created a Student Quiet Center the space was utilized by an on campus bank, the Suffolk Federal Credit Union. “Many students are unaware that the quiet center was only created because the bank relocated, and we didn’t have a use for the space.” said Fleming.

The decision to turn the Quiet Area into a Faculty/Staff Dining area was a college wide decision involving the college president. “The decision was made in order to benefit both students and faculty.” Fleming said.

Fleming reports the faculty at the college previously used the Eaton Neck room as a dining area in recent years. However, she explained, the faculty ran into one specific problem dining in the Eaton Neck room, the limited amount of space. The space located in the southeastern corner of the cafeteria was consistently used for college meetings.

Fleming reported, as of last semester, the Eaton Neck room was being shut down about three or more times each week, leaving the professors and other staff without a dining area.

A student worker at the information desk, who preferred to remain anonymous, said that the Eaton Neck room is used for faculty meetings and other campus meetings, events, or activities.

However, Tim Horn, a recent graduate from the college who continues to work at the Dover Cafe, says the meetings held in the Eaton Neck room, while he was attending the college, were typically faculty meetings that Dover catered.

While Horn attended the college he often utilized the Quiet Area as a place to eat lunch quietly and study. Yet, second year student, Victoria Nadeau, seems unmoved by the change. Nadeau shares her opinion on the subject claiming the change “Isn’t a big deal.”

She spoke briefly about her previous semesters at the college, claiming that the Quiet Center wasn’t used by many students. “I’ve only witnessed one or two students[in the Quiet Center] at a time,” she said.

Nadeau suggests students relocate to the Huntington Library to snack and study, however, her suggestion proves problematic.

Reference Librarian Krista Gruber says there is an official no eating or drinking policy in the library. She explains there is no enforcement of the rule, however, library staff does keep an eye out for “messy foods.”

Gruber explains that the reason for the no eating policy in the library is to protect the books and machines the college offers the students. If students are found eating open foods like pizza, chicken fingers, and french fries, they’ll be asked to leave the library and can return without the food.

The current Quiet Center for Students is located in the northeast corner on the second floor of the Babylon Student Center. The space has plenty of seating, tables and outlets around the room. Although the policy on eating and drinking in the Quiet Center is typically the same as in the Library, student workers aren’t keen on preventing food in the area, requesting only that students clean up after themselves.

Having the Eaton Neck room available for campus, or club meetings and events will positively effect both students and faculty. However, students may have to start choosing what they eat in accordance with where they plan on eating it!


One response

  1. I would like to correct a statement that was attributed to me in this article. I just saw the story and noticed that my quote was paraphrased to say that there is a complete lack of enforcement regarding the library food and drink policy. That is not what I said, and also not the case. Rather, I stated that food-related rules are extremely difficult to enforce.

    We will do our best to minimize the presence of pizza and chicken fingers, amongst other aromatic and messy foods, in the library.

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