Volume 95, Issue 85
Thursday, March 14, 2002
Pizza and periodicals?
Library to review policies
By Stephanie Harris
Before walking through the electronic gates at Western's D.B. Weldon Library, students notice a sign stating the library's no tolerance policy on the consumption of food and beverages. Yet it doesn't seem to be stopping some from staying refreshed or enjoying a quick smoke.
Students can be fined $55 if caught with food or drink in the library, although, Western Libraries is currently reviewing its policy.
Jeff Morris, a third-year media, information and technoculture student who takes his lunch breaks from the library at The Spoke, thinks the present policy is good and should remain as is.
"People make loud noises with their mouths when they chew," he said.
"Doritos and other foods keep a mean odour," said Tony Harris, a first-year social science student, adding "strong-smelling food can be really distracting if a person is eating close to you."
Arguments against having food products in the library include concerns over rodents, bugs, noise and smell. However, some students think water and other beverages should be permitted.
"The body requires eight litres of water a day," said third-year film student Julie Garton, who spends long days at the library and finds it aggravating to go down four floors every time she wants a drink.
"We are not happy with what is happening. We want to improve cleanliness, but not just with food and drinks also with graffiti," said Wendy Kennedy, an associate university librarian at Western.
Kennedy said by the end of May the library will be able to work with students and student groups on campus to look into a more effective policy for everyone.
At Brock University, the library policy has been altered to allow students water bottles and refillable, non-spill beverage containers.
Debbie Calvee, Brock's associate university librarian, said the new policy is a compromise.
"The reality is that we can't seem to stop people from bringing in drinks. It's a coffee and water-bottle culture," she said.
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