End-of-campus bookstore and cafe elicits mixed reactions – The Ticker

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In a recent post on the Baruch College student-run subreddit, a user shared a letter about the potential closure of the campus bookstore, written by someone claiming to be a Baruch faculty member.

Students expressed varying opinions about the possible change in a survey conducted by The Ticker.

Although a majority of respondents said they viewed the change as beneficial, several students said they had shopped at the bookstore but never visited Baruch’s one-stop shop.

When asked if the availability of the Barnes & Noble Café made a difference to Baruch’s student life, student responses varied.

“I think this change was long overdue,” said Baruch sophomore Kenia Guzman. “I hardly see people at Barnes & Noble Cafe, however, I know people who hang out in the cafe because it’s quiet and spacious.”

The anonymous faculty who shared the letter claimed to have heard from a “trusted source” that “The Barnes & Noble Café and Bookstore will be closing immediately at the end of the Fall 2022 semester. The Café will be completely eliminated and the Bookstore will be finally online. »

The employee expressed concern that the closure of the bookstore and cafe will displace workers and remove an essential part of collegiate life from the university.

The letter also referred to the unclear circumstances under which the lease was not renewed.

On September 21, Baruch sent an email with the subject “Building Community: Campus Facilities Update” where he discussed the changes to the campus. The email included a section discussing future changes to the library:

In partnership with our DASNY counterparts, Baruch is working with an architectural firm on schematic designs to transform the bookstore into a new one-stop-shop for students,” the email reads. “This project is in the very early planning stages. As the project progresses, updates will be provided.

Rebecca Imamkhodjaeva, a freshman, told The Ticker she appreciated having access to a physical bookstore.

“I believe the bookstore is an essential activity for Baruch students in case they need supplies or want to come in and buy a book,” Imamkhodjaeva said. “Closest Barnes and Noble is 10 blocks away which is not accessible to everyone.”

Lack of seating on campus was an issue reported by several students. Due to the influx of students returning to in-person classes this semester and the limited capacity of existing areas on campus, there is an increased demand for spaces for students to spend their free time, especially when many of them have big gaps. Between lessons.

“Since the transfer to Baruch in the spring of 2022… I entered the space to try to find a place to sit but the seating area was always closed, even just the other week of September 2022,” said said Celena Urabe, a junior, said.

Urabe suggested steps that could be taken to make the café space more welcoming.

“The seats could be opened more frequently and regularly and the food and drink could be better,” she said. “The area itself and the Baruch goods section could benefit from a refurbishment.”

Sameeha Zaid, a sophomore, said she felt the lack of seating spaces hindered community interaction on campus.

“We need more places for students to hang out,” Zaid said. “It’s called a college campus for a reason. It’s a bit frustrating not having many options to sit or explore with your friends.”

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