Wednesday, December 10, 2008

I Think I Might Know Why They Use the Library

We had a dinner for our freshman advises sat their dorm on Tuesday night. It was great. The RA really did all the work. She ordered Indian food, which turned out to be perfect. The kids are sick and tired of pizza. Some of them had never eaten Indian food! The RA also arranged for one of the students on the hall to give an informal Indian dance performance. It was super fun. The boys all sat squeezed together on one side of the lounge, punching each other. The girls all sat squeezed together on the other side of the lounge, giggling. I forget that they were in high school last year...

I came away with another reason why students might be coming to the library in droves. The dorms, at least the dorm I was in, was pretty grim. I saw four sterile, ugly lounges. The first thing that greets you when you come in the door are the washing machines and the smell of wet clothes. There are no elevators. To get to the fourth floor, I had to trudge up an ugly, cement brick stairwell. In comparison, the library must seem like the Ritz. Beautiful furniture. Big tables. Clean. Attractive. What will we do if they ever upgrade the dorms?


Eileen said...

Wow...I never thought about this before, but it certainly was true when I was in college. Awful furniture, small rooms, and not ever bright and inviting.
Perhaps the library could use a foosball table somewhere? (That was the only reason I hung out in my dorm's main room) Maybe a few decks of playing cards/trivia games around? Oooh, and perhaps a handout of some new kinds of card games?

How about a trivia night in the library sometime (like the Old Toad has on Monday nights?) A few questions, a couple of small prizes, that might be fun.

It's so easy to forget that the campus is school, home, recreation, and everything in between, especially for Freshmen.

Eileen said...

Oh, I was *kidding* about the foosball table. Really.

practical katie said...

Believe or not Carlson DOES have a number of board games in the Browsing Collection and there are jigsaw puzzles on both the first and the third floors.