The pool table area in the College Center is complete chaos. I have walked by the pool table and seen inappropriate behavior such as students putting other students in chokeholds, dribbling basketballs, groping each other, sleeping and the list goes on.
The Pool Club has rules that attempt to control the chaos, but they’ve failed to tame the beast. The club’s white board near the pool table says “no trash” and yet nearly every school night, the area is a complete mess.
In fact, it’s a miracle rats don’t live in the area with the way students leave it. One night, I was working late and as I left at about 9 or 10 p.m., I looked over the railing down to the cafeteria and I saw the most disgusting mess of potato chips, take out, soda, fast food and other garbage. It was just left on tables and seats, dropped on the floor and scattered pretty much everywhere within 30 feet of the pool table. I truly felt bad for the custodial staff. This is not a high school cafeteria. Their mess symbolizes how disrespectful they are to the school and everyone else around them—how we all suffer for their fun.
Even the fact they are calling themselves a club is ridiculous. Unlike a real club, it doesn’t seem inclusive and welcoming but instead members act like a clique empowered by the word “club.” The Pool Club is just an excuse for a bunch of friends to use the area to party.
The main blame should be placed on the pool table groupies. Some serious players do use the pool table. They bring their own cues, they can set up a triangle in split seconds and their shooting technique is amazing. However, the culture that surrounds the pool table is outrageous and their behavior most of the time is completely unacceptable for a college.
The pool area is like a constant party. From 7 a.m. until 10 p.m., they are blasting their music, yelling, swearing, making out with each other, singing and intermittently playing pool. They fight over what music to play. The music played includes everything from Disney movie soundtracks to screamo death rock. Even worse than their music is their singing. I am not going to a theater to see a low budget musical, I am going to the cafeteria to get some soup.
The pool games also seem to get heated. Some players will wait around for hours to get a game and when they finally get to play and start to lose, they swear and throw a fit. Their poor sportsmanship disrupts the whole cafeteria as they yell and swear at each other. Most people just want to sit and eat their lunch, maybe talk with a friend or get some school work done, not hear their pool pity story. Every time I go to the cafeteria, I just get my food and leave because I don’t want to hear them fight or hear the latest drama going on in their lives.
I would dare to say the presence of the pool table ruins the entire cafeteria. The pool groupies make it unappetizing and unsanitary.
The area under the stairs by the pool table seems like a camp. People sleep and get physical down there. Too many times have I looked down through the spaces between stair steps and see some serious PDA going on. Excuse me for saying the cafeteria, or any other place where people eat, is not an appropriate place to get hot and heavy with that special someone.
I have special contempt for the pool table problem because it interferes with my work. Players can be heard on the second floor, all the way down a hallway and into The Puyallup Post office. I am tired of hearing diastaseful music blasted into the office and I am especially tired of the sing along. I will forever support musicians, just please get a practice room.
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