A few years ago we tore down that building. Our new student center was designed, in part, to break up that somewhat toxic seating arrangement. And it worked. The tables are smaller, and the seating patterns are more diverse and less static.
In a journal for my "Family Life" class a student noted that now there are three kinds of seating in the dining hall:
- Round tables - where groups discuss whatever;
- High toppers - taller tables, well suited for people watching; and
- Date tables - where couples eat together, publicly proclaiming their relationship