Keep break zone as a pool hall in HUB for Penn State

Keep break zone as a pool hall in HUB for Penn State

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Hai Chi started this petition to Pennsylvania State University
Penn State University Park is going to change break zone in HUB from a pool and table tennis hall to a study area with more monitors and TV. Only 2 of originally 9 pool tables will be kept and there will be not any upgrade for those pool equipment. This is a decision made without any discussion with all the original common users of break zone beforehand. That will highly reduce the enthusiasm of pool amateurs in Penn State.

The reason we were told is because of the decline in use and revenue. This for me is very unreasonable. Two years ago, when I came to break zone for playing pool at Friday night, all nine tables were occupied and there were about 25 people playing pool and table tennis over there. Now during Friday night, there were only less than 5 people. Why there is more and more people playing pool in other place like all kinds of bars, northland pool recreational center at State College and break zone is the only pool hall here whose use and revenue is reduced?

The reason for that is obvious.
1. Break zone will shut down due to the reason that some employers cannot come to work. (This happen at least twice a week). People get kicked out hours before the scheduled closing time, and sometimes you have to wait for hours after scheduled opening time to get in. Of course people here will lose interest.

2. From two years ago, I didn't see any work by break zone to attract people. The advertisement at the door of break zone was put four years ago. The website of break zone has not been modified for at least two years. There is not any kind of activity held by break zone to attract people except unexpected early close and unexpected late open.

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We propose following solutions.
Since the reduction of use and revenue is due to bad quality of service at break zone, we propose to keep break zone as what it is right now for a period of time. During these time, we should see the increase of service quality. We should see some employers who are able to work during work time. We should see break zone is trying to attract people to come by upgrading the equipment, holding more activities, putting more advertisements, and so on. This situation now is the fault of the service quality of break zone. We pool amateurs should not, and will not, pay for that by losing our pool hall.

My name is Hai Chi, a third year graduate student at Penn State. As a pool amateur, I start playing pool three years ago at break zone. From a player who even cannot distinguish tip and butt of the cue, now I am a regular part of Penn State pool team. Representing PSU, we have got second place in Midwest University pool Invitation, fourth place in UMTPC held in Michigan. I myself attended individual competition like ACUI 9-ball, Super billiard EXPO and have got some ranking which is not bad. All of this are due to my practice at break zone and I really thank break zone for providing us a place for those practice, happiness and excited moments. I do hope all of you can help us pool amateur at Penn State to keep this pool hall. Thank you!
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