Over-crowded LB dining hall to be remodeled

by Beacon Staff • October 3, 2007

The dining hall in the Little Building is scheduled to be completely renovated, said David Rosen, Emerson's vice president of public affairs.,For all the Emerson students who have lately been unable to find an empty seat at which to fill their empty stomachs come 6 p.m. in the Little Building's dining hall: good news.

The dining hall in the Little Building is scheduled to be completely renovated, said David Rosen, Emerson's vice president of public affairs. In the next two years, the college will increase seating capacity through a more efficient use of space within the hall, according to Andrew Mahoney, director of business services overseeing food services at Emerson.

Students affirmed the need for an expansion of Emerson's dining facilities. Gabriela Milla, a sophomore broadcast journalism major, is one such student who has had trouble finding a table in the hall during peak hours.

"I think [planning a renovation] is really good because I love coming to eat in the dining hall, but it's definitely not enough," she said. "It's frustrating to think that at a certain hour I'll want to eat but won't be able to because I can't find a table."

Mahoney said the hall, designed to seat 300 people, actually has a seating capacity between 10 and 20 percent less than that because tables often have empty seats at them, even when the hall is packed.

He ruled out expanding the dining hall into the nearby West One and Two rooms or the adjacent Charles Beard Room in the Little Building, and said capacity could be increased by maximizing the hall's dimensions.

He compared the renovation of the dining hall to the expansion of Emerson's Caf