By Rohan Andresen ’12
Brophy is a campus of many acres and of almost a dozen buildings; though, in none of these buildings can a student eat while they study in quiet, peaceful, temperate quarters.
Students are always allowed to eat in the Great Hall, the climate controlled cafeteria, but among the flying food, the trash and the shouting, the Great Hall does not make for a great place to concentrate and get work done.
The Student Activity Center is the only other temperature-controlled area in all of Brophy where students are able to eat. But, between ping pong balls rocketing off the walls and the noisy chatter, the SAC also serves as an unsuitable place to study.
The Information Commons is a terrific place for students to study and complete homework and projects. However, eating or drinking in the library can result in a double JUG.
Dean of Students Mr. Jim Bopp said the reason the punishment for eating or drinking in the Information Commons is harsher than the punishment for eating or drinking in buildings is that the former is so much more tempting, therefore they have to strengthen their disciplinary strategies.
The focus of the indoor eating punishment lies in the Info Commons, where, according to Ms. Leslie Hanson, she catches about two students weekly eating. However, she also added that students seem to be caught in spurts.
Both Ms. Hanson and Mr. Bopp said that there are better places where you can eat and study. Ms. Hanson said that the patio serves as a good location.
However, as many students are aware, the patio is cold in the winter and hot during the early and late months of the year, making it an undesirable location for many students.
In addition to that, there is usually a strong musty odor wafting from the fountain and it is hard to concentrate over the thundering of the waterfall.
Mr. Bopp said that the Great Hall has tables and one could do their work there. He also said that it would probably be best for a student to eat quickly and then go and work on their school work.
Brophy needs a location, quiet and monitored by teachers, where students can quietly get together to finish assignments while finishing up their lunch.
This spot can be a classroom in a building, or can be a hallway in a building.
Students would like and do need an alternative so they don’t have to choose school work over food.