The geography of Servo

Photo Credit: Gettysburg College Dining Services

Photo Credit: Gettysburg College Dining Services

By Shae Belenski, Contributing Writer

One of the more tedious problems at Gettysburg College is telling your friends exactly where you are sitting at Servo. Let me provide an example: you have a plan to meet someone for lunch at Servo so you text them “Where are you sitting?” They respond with the vague jumble of words “Oh, I’m on the second elevated platform on the right-hand side”, or “I’m sitting at the tables behind the platform on the left.”

Yes, these confusing descriptors are valid and they correctly cite the position of the table, but is there not a more concise way to provide a location?

My friends, I have developed a solution to this age-old Servo dilemma, and, if it works, it will change the organizational structure of the Gettysburg dining experience.

My goal is to develop a shared system of descriptors for the various sections of Servo. Now the first thing one must realize when mapping the Servo area is that it has a symmetrical floor plan, so the left side mirrors the right side.

On each side there are four distinct sections: 1) the first elevated platform, 2) the second elevated platform, 3) platforms the tables that are closest to the walls and behind the second elevated platform, and, lastly, 4) the tables that are in front of the. One can see the general geography of servo with this diagram.

If each of these locations were to have their own unique name, then providing one’s location would be a much simpler task. The geographical dimension of Servo would be more complete. Here are my proposed names for each location:

Location 1 will henceforth be titled “The Loft.” These platforms are the highest places in Servo. The Loft on the right side is called the “Right-Side Loft” as the left loft is the “Left-Side Loft”. One adventurous Servo-goer may even abbreviate them RSL or LSL.

The Den is the second platform, as the two entrances and cozy quarters make the Den a comfortable environment.

The third secluded sections at the ends of Servo are the Coves based on their secluded nature.

The fourth and final sections are the Bays, as they are wide open spaces that allow for the most tables and seats. Some people can even dare to call the ambiguous area where the Bay and the Cove meet “The Mouth of the Cove”.

This system can be easily and quickly implemented into the vernacular of the common Gettysburg student.

If these names become common knowledge, then the Servo-going experience may become a much less complicated and confusing process. Together we can make real change on this campus So, I charge everyone to adapt these names and enjoy the delicious food provided by Servo.

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