Senate discusses the future of Book Ends

Student Senate debated ways to increase staff and faculty traffic flow to the coffee shop, Book Ends, in the library. At the meeting Monday night, Director of Food Services Tracy Shuck answered questions regarding, and spoke to Senate about Book Ends, saying that “student use of it not the issue,” but the lack of use by the faculty and staff. Each day, the coffee shop gets roughly 45 to 65 visitors, most of these visitors being students. Students can use their Eagle Bucks to purchase coffee, and snacks, but profit comes from the use of credit cards, or cash.
With that, the shop loses roughly $30,000 a year. Senate pays $10,000, one third the total cost per year, toward the running and cultivation of the coffee shop. Senators posed the question of moving the shop to another location, for instance the Student Center, or possibly hiring a Barista. However, the Dinning Services are ultimately faced with the possible loss of more money.
“Just the equipment alone, to get a Batista, is roughly $10,000,” said Shuck. “That’s not counting any new cabinetry, or the new layout based on health regulations, which would be an additional $5,000.”
The question then became, how to generate faculty, staff, and commuter traffic flow, which could increase the amount of money the coffee shop earns. Incentives have been offered in the past by the Dining Services, including punch cards, cheaper cups, and special combos to try to generate traffic flow, but haven’t yielded fruitful results.
“One of the biggest competitions, is their own pot of coffee that is in their office,” said Shuck. “We have tried to change the menu frequently, but we are throwing darts in the dark trying to find something that will bring in more business.”
For now, debate on the coffee shop has not reached a conclusion. Book Ends “is not currently an issue,” said Senate President Carly Slaught, “But administration is worried that it will become an issue in the future.”
Senate approved the $17,000 CAB semester budget, with a breakdown of $8,000 for four Free Movie Nights, $5,000 for two big events, $2,000 for eight small events, $1,100 for events held during the Welcome Week, and a $900 contingency fund. Senate approved a budget of $973.01 for Homecoming. A budget of $3,000 was approved to pay for best selling author and documentary film maker, Kevin Hines, to speak on Nov 14, at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall. Hines, a Golden Gate Bridge (jumper) Survivor will tell his story in hopes to promote suicide awareness, and intrigue others to “love the life we have been given.”
The 2017 Pilster Great Planes Lecture will take place on Sept 28, at 7:30 p.m., in the Student Center. Guest speaker Walter Echo-Hawk, will present “Nebraska Before Nebraska: Our Pawnee Homeland,” a lecture examining Nebraska from a Pawnee Indian perspective. The lecture is open to everyone, and afterwards there will be a question and answer session, as well as a book signing.
Four new senators, Leah Guerrero from Andrews Hall, Aaron Jones from Kent Hall, Trajan Garcia from Brooks Hall, and Corbin Perkins from Edna Work Wing, were sworn in at the meeting as well. A tentative date for the Spring Daze Events was also announced at the meeting. Although the dates are not set in stone, Spring Daze should take place April 9-14.

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