It is the nature of college students to pull all-nighters. Many students spend the night cramming for tests in their dorm rooms or working on group projects in the library – two locations in close proximity to food.
However, a large population of students are forced to work long hours in buildings with equipment necessary for their work, but without easy access to food.
ACU should eliminate this frustration by building a late-night café in one of those buildings, Don Morris.
Don Morris houses the Department of Art and Design and the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication. Most students in these departments don’t own a 21.5-inch iMac, a potter’s wheel or a gigantic light board. This forces them to complete assignments inside the walls of Don Morris. Students are required to finish multiple projects, papers and designs, but have no access to food other than what they bring from home.
Vending machines were ripped out of the building this semester, leaving students to fend for themselves after the campus center shuts its doors for the night. The Don Morris café could open its doors from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. and perhaps for the lunchtime rush from 11:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.
How’s a student supposed to work long hours without any fuel? If a café was built in the first floor, students from all majors could enjoy a late-night snack to keep energy up and create better projects. The next great sculpture, an award-winning design or an Pulitzer Prize-winning article could result from a simple bagel.
Or, perhaps ACU could provide the building with a coffee cart. The cart could carry various types of coffee and pastries and travel from floor to floor, offering treats for students.
This request might seem self-serving, considering the Optimist newsroom is also located in Don Morris, but the café could serve students from all areas of campus. With an addition of a café in Don Morris, students would have another option to combat the after Chapel lunch rush. Especially considering its proximity to Moody Coliseum.
I know the phrase “starving artist” is popular for a reason, but it doesn’t have to be taken literally.