Many students have noticed the odd ball table in the Cafe. This sand colored table and matching chairs are a sample of what will be coming to the newly remodeled Cafe.
“I’m excited about the new tables,” said Chef BJ Whitmore. “I think they will create ambiance, meet student’s needs, and complement the remodel with their color and design.”
Freshman Dana Weerheim agreed.
“The new table and chairs look really good,” Weerheim said. “Overall, I think it’ll make the Cafe looks nicer.”
The sample table is an example of a four-person round table.
“Besides the four person rounds there will be six person rounds, six person rectangles, four person rectangles and two person high tables,” Whitmore said.
Some students fear the new tables will hinder community.
“I would rather have bigger tables,” said freshman Josie Clark. “With smaller tables you tend to only sit with the same people. Bigger tables allow for more people to come together.”
Senior Mallory Cunard is worried that the smaller tables will split up her teammates.
“We always eat pre-game meals in the Cafe,” Cunard said. “The smaller tables will make it harder to eat together.”
Junior Ryan Okane agrees smaller tables will make it harder to eat with large groups of people.
“I have a lot of fun memories in the Cafe eating with bigger groups,” Okane said. “The Cafe may seem a bit nicer with the new tables and chairs, but they will make it harder for groups to eat together. I’m sure at some point the West guys will try setting up a nice place in our old spot, hopefully without messing up the tables too much.”
Sophomore Josh Klope isn’t worried about a loss of community.
“I don’t think the new tables will hinder community,” Klope said. “When you are in a bigger group you aren’t communicating with everyone at the table, and you get lost in the conversation because everyone is trying to talk. Smaller tables force you to focus on a smaller amount of people and do more individual talking.”
According to Whitmore, the new tables should be up by the end of September.
“Originally they were supposed to be here before school started, but there was a raw material shortage at the manufacturer,” Whitmore said. “The new shipping date is September 17 so once we receive them we’ll assemble them and set them up in the Cafe.”