Beloved booths removed from NPHS cafeteria

Written by: Kristiana Lulgjuraj/Feature Editor, Hannah Akers/Managing Editor, and Olivia Biddle/News Editor

The 2017-2018 school year at New Palestine High School takes yet another downward turn. Those booths that students loved to sit at? The ones that relieved back pain and encouraged intimate conversations between buddies? They’re gone.

“Because each one of the booths can hold four people, and we have them sitting right next to each other, that’s eight, and those tables hold twelve,” assistant principal Adam Barton said. “We have a seating problem anyway. It’s just another opportunity to get more people sitting in actual seats.”

Removing the booths has been partly to lessen the number of students sitting in the hallway during lunch, and partly to make the lunchroom easier to clean.

“The booths are really heavy and they’re hard to move, and they’re hard to clean around,” Barton said.

While efficient for the janitors, students are outraged. Particularly, senior Ethan Fairbanks is especially angry.

“I think the purpose of getting rid of the booths was primarily to say ‘oh we did something about the people sitting out in the hallway’ but a lot of the people who sit out in the hallway still sit there because they don’t want sit in the cafeteria,” Fairbanks said. “They’re sitting in there because they want to not because there’s not enough room.”

Fairbanks thinks this is a smack in the face to the class of 2018.

“After all they’ve put us through,” Fairbanks said. “They’ve put us through countless tests, standardized, and they thought they could make it up to us by giving us ice cream, but in the end, they messed us up even more by taking away the booths our senior year. There is still ice cream, but do you know how much it costs? I don’t know either but it’s too much. Too expensive.”

Fairbanks also thinks the setup is a bit nonsensical.

“The way they arranged the tables could’ve been done better, in my opinion, to where they could still have the booths in there and there was no need to actually get them out. I noticed today the people that do end up sitting at tables now, they leave this huge area where no one sits at all, so that itself is leaving empty space and wasting seats where people could be sitting,” Fairbanks said.

Despite the despair of the class of 2018, getting rid of the booths – according to Barton – is to maximize the seating in the cafeteria.

“We just need as many seats in here as possible, and the booths – for what they were worth – aren’t giving us any seating,” Barton said.

To make up for this loss, the school is thinking of other ways to increase seating while still providing the best for its students.

“(Next year) we’re going to add – possibly – some rails around the outside wall, so it will be like a standing bar type area to get some more seating, get some more flexibility in here,” Barton said. “We’ve got lots of different ideas.”

“I’d pay two dollars for a good quality ice cream,” Fairbanks said.

Fairbanks claimed he would contribute $20 to get the booths back.


Shot of the new tables in NPHS cafeteria. Photo by Kristiana Lulgjuraj.


Shot of opinionated senior Ethan Fairbanks. Photo by Hannah Akers.

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