Late Night an early success

"Late Night time changes made last semester and instituted in the fall have attracted an average of over 700 students a night, an increase of approximately 100 more students.

"Dining Services made time changes to Late Night to better meet students’ needs, Craig Traub, director of Dining Services at Resident Dining said. Members of the Resident Dining Committee of the Auxiliary Services Executive Board also expressed interest in a later Late Night.

""I think it was a joint effort to realize that this was something that the customer might really appreciate," Traub said.

"The new hours are 9 p.m. to 12 p.m., seven nights a week, at Littlepage and Lakeside dining halls. The move to two locations was to help avoid confusion about which building was open which night. Also, feedback showed that Littlepage and Lakeside worked best for late night.

"Mallory Kirsch, a manager at Littlepage, said that having a location on each side of campus is beneficial because it serves a majority of students.

"The new hours have meant increased foot traffic at Late Night. Attendance has increased from 1,200 to 1,300 students last year, to 1,600 to 1,700 students attending Late Night this year. Nightly, this is an increase from 650 to 700 students, to 750 to 850. The new hours mean additional customers. Essentially, the dining halls are now open from 7 a.m. to midnight on weekdays and 9 a.m. to midnight on weekends, with a few hours of service time in between.

"Traub has found Late Night to be a favorite meal among students. Students do not have to be concerned about going to classes or labs; they are able to be with their friends, having conversations, he said.

""It’s just a very popular meal. It’s popular in the sense I think because of the time," he said. "It’s a less stressful time of the day." Due to Late Night’s success, off campus locations have begun to see an effect on their businesses.

""Any time you add another option for the students to choose from as far as what they want when they are hungry at night it’s always going to affect the businesses of restaurants," Brian Taylor, a manager for Domino’s, said.

"Students have mixed feelings about the new hours and locations of late night. Art majors often have to work in Tyler Hall, making it difficult to get from one side of campus to another.

""I think the hours are very convenient especially for art students that work late," Rachel Harnish, senior art major, said.

"Nate Sweet, a junior psychology major, agrees that the new hours are better, but does not necessarily like the new locations. Sweet, who lives in Funnelle Hall, said students in central campus will be at a disadvantage because of the Late Night changes.

""It’s inconvenient living here and not having it in Cooper," he said. "It’s going to stink in the winter."