The construction of a faculty-only dining hall is an absurd suggestion that would appropriate funds that could be better used on projects to benefit students.
According to a March 6 University Star article, several faculty senators have expressed desires for a faculty-only dining area on campus. Simply put, this proposed dining area, which would presumably be paid for through student tuition and fees, is ludicrous idea.
In the same University Star article, some faculty members said they need a more quiet, professional atmosphere in which to interview teaching candidates and conduct other business. While the need for a professional atmosphere is understandable, the construction of a new dining hall is an unreasonable solution to a problem with so many more cost-effective solutions.
Faculty members are granted prime parking spots on campus, at least in comparison to students, so it does not seem unreasonable for them to drive to a more upscale location off-campus for interviews or other important meetings. Additionaly, several restaurants offering the “real plates” and “cloth napkins” faculty members would like to see are within a five-minute walk from campus if driving is too much of an inconvenience.
If moving interviews and other important meetings off-campus is not possible, faculty members always have the option of conducting business in one of the multitudes of offices or conference rooms at Texas State. Aside from needing a quiet place to conduct business, some faculty members may feel there is a need for a location where they can eat a meal in peace, away from the students they spend the rest of their day with.
This is understandable. Luckily, if a faculty member is desperate for some time away from students, they likely have an office on campus where they can bring their food. If buying food at a dining hall and walking it back to an office is not sufficient, many businesses in San Marcos deliver directly to campus, completely eliminating the need to interact with other people on campus, which seems to be an issue.
Additionally, the cost of constructing a faculty-only dining hall would likely come from student tuition and fees. The idea that students would have to fund the construction of an area they would be restricted from using is ridiculous.
Student money needs to be spent on projects that benefit students, period. Students pay to attend Texas State, and therefore gain the use of university facilities. Constructing an area that students do not benefit from either directly or indirectly is counter-productive and unnecessary.
If a faculty member’s delicate sensibilities cannot handle Styrofoam plates, plastic silverware and the presence of student diners, it is up to them to find another suitable place to eat. It is not the responsibility of students to fund the creation of a glorified, country club-esque dining area simply because some faculty members cannot deign to grace the peasants and plebeians with their presence.
The proposal to construct an exclusive dining area that students would not be able to use or benefit from is outrageous and should not be given a second thought by university officials.