jsfr36 wrote:As for the red zone, it seems that a sizeable minority of students simply do not understand the meaning of "silent". There is always, without failure, a group of people talking, someone on a mobile phone, people wandering up for a chat; I've even seen people talking on Skype! I've found the "silent room" no better, with people continually wandering out to chat to their friends, then coming back in, and so on. And I have never seen anyone asked to be quiet, except by other exasperated students. Additionally, it may be beneficial to have a "silent; no laptops" area, as working whilst someone is bashing away on a keyboard, or hearing that infernal "Welcome to Windows Vista" tune time after time, I find to be nigh on impossible.
I agree completely with this. At times cafe aroma is quieter than the silent room. I was in there studying this weekend, and on one occassion, two girls decided to actually move tables around to make a group working space for themselves, whilst talking. On the other occassion, two other students decided to talk loudly to each other, only to be surprised when I pointed out it was a 'silent room', so could they please be quiet.
We need more group study areas for these people, and staff actually enforcing the silent zones. I agree with a 'no laptops' area too- they can also be noisy, if unintentionally.