By Eden Aroshas
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – Starting Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, the Connector Café decided to discontinue Saturday services. This decision was made due to inconsistent business and the cost to keep it operating.
Students were very upset by this decision, especially psychology major Briana Reese.
Letting out a heavy sigh, Reese explained, “I feel very abandoned because I depended on that coffee on Saturdays to keep me going throughout my classes … it’s bad enough I have to get up at 6 a.m. on a weekend and drive 45 minutes to school. Also, the traffic is horrible, so I can’t afford to stop anywhere.”
Much like many other students, Reese depended on the Connector Café for a quick snack during her long school day. The decision to close it has made her feel abandoned and overwhelmed, as well as pinched for time.
“Why did they close it, it was so convenient,” she said. “It seemed very busy all the time.”
Connector Café attendant Maria Lopez, helped explain the reason for making this decision. “It was very inconsistent. Sometimes it was busy, sometimes it was not, not to mention the cost to keep it running.”
Lopez said she felt that the inconsistency had a lot to do with the decision to close, for keeping it open and paying the attendants overtime was just not worth it. As to how she felt about it, Lopez said, “The majority of students were upset by this. They really relied on the café.”
Many students hope that the college decides to change its decision to close the Connector Café on Saturdays. However, for now, they will just have to rely on a quick run to Wawa or Dunkin’ Donuts. Said Reese, “I need my coffee, and though it’d prefer to get it from school, Wawa will have to do.”