Cultures of Coffman
I observed the area in Coffman called The Cube. Earlier this year I had no idea that this place existed. I would always walk past it's upper level entrance by the Washington Ave bridge and wonder what was inside. By the looks of it on the outside I always imagined it as a bus stop or just a glass box One day I finally noticed that people were coming out of the doors. It wasn't the most exiting thing in the world, but the mystery behind the glass was figured out.
Judging from the outside I figured that it would be a small food cour with stores surrounding the seating areas. I was proven wrong by first walking through the hall connecting it to Coffman. There was a printer/copier store and Gopher Express on the left of me. I noticed that most people in the copy place seemed like foreign students there to copy important documents. They all were using the machines with out the aid of the workers. It was pretty much a self service center, which made it more efficient for college students on the go. The Gopher express had professors, staff and students going in and out. they all were buying quick foods, like sandwiches, candy bars and soft drinks. Their wasn't a specific class or gender it was random. They seemed to be the type of people who didn't have the time or resources to make their own lunch, that's pretty much expected from a college.
There was also a Starbucks and post office. There was an abundance of different races and people through out the cube. Many people seated were in groups and converted the tables into desks. The individuals that were sitting alone had heaphones on and were kind of created their own place to work. By havin their head phones on they were shutting out the noises of mutiple conversations and cofee blenders. It was a good place to go study and for a quick meal.
The view was just the Washing Ave bridge connecting to the west bank. I liked how there was a patio for sitting outside on nice days, but it was pretty grey. All of the chairs and tables were grey. The walls were blank except for a few photos of campus on one wall by the communication kiosks. It wasn't really inviting and it felt empty for a small space. The high roof definitely made it seem larger than it appeas and adds inerest to the grey tones of the area.
This assignment was a nice change from just staying in the classroom. It was good to watch the environment around and not focus on just writing down ideas. Alhough, it felt weird watching people It was interesting to not only worry about getting something done, but observe the surroundings and cultures of the Cube.