A Brief Anthropological Comparison of Meyer Library and Ricker Dining Patrons

by ninameetscafe

“It’s a different crowd than the 5 a.m. Meyer crowd.” (Eric, speaking of Ricker Dining)

Observations in Meyer Library, open 24 hours

and Ricker Dining Hall, 8 – 9 a.m.


Ricker: [people eating]

Meyer: “I once saw a group of people just asleep, at the same table.”


Ricker: The sight of students grabbing three eggs and several waffles because they’ve come back hungry from the gym, or a 10-mile run.

Meyer: [not applicable]


Ricker: [demography unknown]

Meyer: “Okay, first of all, 90 percent of the people are Asian. Like, not your kind of Asian, but like, straight-up from-Asia Asian.”

*Nina’s note: 24-hour libraries are a college cultural staple, at least in Seoul.


Ricker: “There’s a hopeful, upbeat feeling” due to the fact that people are eating to start their day.

Meyer: [not applicable]


*Eric’s note: “[There are] people in Ricker who look like they should actually be in Meyer.”


… Eric and I are at Ricker Dining this morning out of an effort [instated by Eric, supported by Nina] to “shock” him out of his 5 a.m. – 1 p.m. sleeping schedule. It must be noted that I picked him up at his dorm for our walk to Ricker, and found him sleeping on a public sofa by the door – presumably waiting for me.

“Eric?” I said through the glass. He jolted awake.

Currently, as we look around us in Ricker, Eric is in awe at the idea that students have “normal” schedules, and I thought we might record this. It is, to be sure, fascinating that students might be living in different time zones within the same campus.

“Sometimes, I come to breakfast after staying up all night, and feel like a sham. Because I’m going back to bed.”

(LOL – and the boy who definitely just ran 10 miles, if not more, is still getting more food.)