Users of ECC reading rooms are caught breaking food regulations
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Users of ECC reading rooms are caught breaking food regulations
  • Lee Hea-won
  • 승인 2011.12.05 13:17
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An increasing number of Ewha students are breaking the Ewha Campus Complex (ECC) reading room food policies. With final exam encroaching, more students use the reading rooms to study, and many users are complaining of irksome noises such as students eating food and the sumptuous smells of kimbap (Korean rice rolls). ECC reading rooms, as a rule, prohibit any food to be eaten.
The ECC has a total of three reading rooms: Ewha Shinhan Reading Room, Reading Room 1 and Reading Room 2. According to an ECC reading room official, strict policies that allow coffee, juice and other drinks, while prohibiting any type of food, are in place to prevent any distractions for studying students.
However, students secretly eating inside the reading rooms are often seen. A frequent user of the ECC’s reading rooms, Yoon So-yeon (Media Studies, 1), described her agitation towards individuals eating in the reading rooms.
“The noise of cookie crumbs are annoying and food with strong smells distracts my concentration because it makes my stomach grumble too,” Yoon said.
Some users study at the reading rooms without fully knowing the regulations.
Lee Jeong-min (Library and Information Science, 1), who sometimes uses the ECC reading rooms, said she has seen some students eating inside the rooms, so she thought that it was acceptable to eat food as long as she did not make loud sounds.
However, information concerning the reading room’s regulations on food and drinks has been posted. The chief official of the reading rooms, who wishes to remain anonymous, said there are food policy notices posted in several sections of the Shinhan Reading Room, Reading Room 1 and Reading Room 2.
“With the school implementing adequate measures to alleviate this problem, this matter will be solved depending on how aware students are toward their surrounding peers and how willing they are to keep basic etiquette,” the chief official said.

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