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Old 09-01-2011, 09:11 PM
Alan Candiotti Alan Candiotti is offline
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Who agrees with me that erecting what amounts to a wall in the Commons to separate the faculty and staff from the students sends a bad message? During the construction of the new Ehinger Center, we may be sacrificing the use of the University Club, but the students are sacrificing a lot more by doing without the UC. Can we not eat lunch in the same room with them? Those who agree with me, let's eat lunch in the main part of the Commons rather than behind the wall.
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Old 09-06-2011, 01:41 PM
Christina R. McKittrick Christina R. McKittrick is offline
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Default lunch in peace

I am teaching three classes, holding 4.5+ hours of office hours per week, and advising 45 students. I would like to eat my lunch with my colleagues in relative peace and privacy. My students know where and when they can find me--I prefer that lunchtime not be one of those options.
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Old 09-08-2011, 09:23 AM
Gamin G. Bartle Gamin G. Bartle is offline
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Default About lunch

I'd like to thank both Alan and Tina for posting about this issue. For me, a new problem has arisen -- namely that because I can relate to both perspectives on the issue, it feels like no matter where I choose to sit, I'll be taking sides. This is simply not the case. In my opinion, it's really just lunch, and I enjoy eating with my staff and faculty colleagues, without having to worry about whether my choice of a table makes a statement or not. Thanks for your understanding, and see you at lunch!
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Old 09-08-2011, 05:25 PM
Alan Candiotti Alan Candiotti is offline
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Yes, it's really just lunch and you should just enjoy it, regardless of where you choose to sit. It's not about the people who eat the lunch. I wish they could have found a way to reserve/suggest a section for faculty and staff without putting up an opaque barrier that, at least, to me, sends an awful message. I've been eating in the main section, at a table with faculty or staff colleagues, and no one has yet come over to interrupt me with business or questions. I think the students like to enjoy their lunch in peace as well. I was once at an institution where everyone ate lunch in the same dining room, and people of all kinds generally ate with their friends without interruption. The culture here has been a separate University Club, which didn't bother me when it was in a separate location, but does bother me when it involves erecting a wall in the students' dining room and then walking through the main section in order to recede behind the wall. (If they erected a wall in the University Club and said that only presidents and deans could eat behind it, ...)
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Old 09-11-2011, 03:29 PM
John D. Muccigrosso John D. Muccigrosso is offline
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Default Club?

My long-standing view of this has to do with another aspect of the issue: Why a club at all? Can't we just have a faculty/staff dining commons? And one that serves lunch past 1 pm?

When I was in school, special groups (like language tables) could meet with faculty in their dining commons, which was very nice and made the event feel special.

(That said, I can understand both sides of this, and tend to agree with Alan that building a wall was perhaps unnecessary.)

I await the Acorn coverage.
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Old 09-12-2011, 01:45 PM
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Brian R. Gardner Brian R. Gardner is offline
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Personally, I just want a place where I can eat lunch in (relative) peace and quiet without needing to talk shop unless I want to. The price is right and the food is decent. Beyond that, I just don't have strong opinions on the matter.
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