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Friday, September 21, 2007

The Number You Are Dialing Has Been Disconnected...

A letter complaining about cell phone use in the library came out today in the online Rocket. Our official policy asks that cell phone use be confined to the library lobbies. Tell us what you think by taking our poll or responding in the comments below.


Anonymous g said...

Some people need cell phones to do research and ask questions/call librarians for help since there are only like 2 of them. Banning phones seems unreasonable. Use in lobbies and vending areas seems reasonable.

The library is our student union. It is centralized in the quad and must take the crowds since the union is so crowded and there is no other place to really sit down, and study on campus.

12:33 PM  
Blogger Cathy Rudowsky said...

I see that putting phones on vibrate is winning; however, I am not sure that this will solve our problem. I think that the ringing of the phones is minor compared to the loud conversations that take place using cell phones. Having them on vibrate while in the library and then walking to the lobby to talk seems like a win-win. Individuals continue to have phone access, while everyone else is able to work in peace.

2:50 PM  
Blogger Melba Tomeo said...

I must confess I voted eight times for "seized by librarians and pulverized" because I liked the mental image. :)

2:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do away with all cell phones in the library. If you want to use them, go outside.

10:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is nothing so vital that can not wait for a few seconds until a person walks into the lobby, with the exception of emergencies. Having the phones on vibrate would also be helpful. People come to the library to do work, study, and think. We don't need to hear conversations across the room while studying for an exam. This problem of noise is not limited to phone calls. I have been able to hear groups in the reading room clearly from the other end of the library due to socializing. If I can't study in the library, why bother even having it.

4:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The previous comment is right... my friends and i quite going to the library because it is the hardest place on campus to get work done. i can hear profanity from across the room while an elderly woman expresses her discomfort. the library should be a common ground for everybody can get their work done, yet it has become a place for people to screw around and disrupt students that care.

5:00 PM  
Blogger PJT said...

I like to listen to what people are saying on their cells. It is a window into their lives. You can get good tips on how to talk to a parent to get money, pointers on sex and love and ideas for ways to mess around at any time of the day or night. I don't have to do anything to listen like sneak around because people talk louder on the cell than normally. Cells are cool! It is audio voyeurism.

8:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm only annoyed by it on the third floor. If I don't want to hear it, I put on headphones. I hear people talking all throughout the library, why is a cellphone so different? I say as long as you're not being obnoxious or talking for extended periods of time, it's fine on any floor but the third.

1:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if you need to be using your cell on the second or third floors, you don't need to be on the second or third floors. put them on vibrate and have the common courtesy to text if you really need to communicate via cell phone. we can't all have joke majors - some of us need a quiet place to study. and in response to whomever said the library is our union and needs to accommodate everyone's social lives...walk your lazy tail to the real union 500 feet away.

7:19 PM  
Anonymous derrick said...

Its a library, not a cafeteria. I could care less what goes on in the 1st floor, but 2nd and ESPECIALLY 3rd floors need to ban cells. Texting is fine but turn the key tones off. Theres nothing more annoying than a series of beeps followed by the phone slamming shut. Use common sense.

4:20 PM  

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