Round tables or square? Your
preference speaks louder than words
By Marty Archibald
March 8, 2006 | Red, yellow and blue are the primary
colors. Circle, square and triangle have been called
the primary shapes. But there are no triangular tables
in the Hub.
The perfect schedule for a student would be on with
no gaps in between classes, a rare and impressive feat.
Most students are stuck with an hour break here and
there throughout the day. An hour is a long time but
not quite long enough to go into town and do something
worthwhile. Some students choose to spend their break
between classes in the Hub.
But once in the Hub an important choice lays ahead.
The Hub offers two choices of tables to sit at, circle
or square. Whether you know it or not, the choice you
make may say a lot about your personality.
Besides shape, the most obvious difference is the
number of people gathered around each table. The square
tables can comfortably seat four people, while the circular
tables can comfortably seat six. More often than not
the square tables are under-capacity, while the circular
tables are often over-capacity with as many as 8-10
"I prefer to sit at the square tables," says student
Amanda Shorts. "I don't know a lot of people up here,
so it wouldn't make sense for a few of us to take up
a round table."
According to byrem.tripod.com, this is the exact kind
of attribute that is common among those with square
type personalities. Square personalities tend to prefer
small groups of people says the Website. In contrast,
type personalities are very social and communicative
according to worldtrans.org.
This just shows a preference for table size more than
anything. You have to watch and talk with those sitting
at the tables to show that theirchoice in table may
have more to do with shape than size.
One big difference between those sitting in the Hub
is that those at the circular table are usually just
talking among friends. Those at the square tables are
more than likely reading or doing homework of some kind.
"I'm here to do homework," says square table sitter
Jordan Kohler. "My only free time is between classes,
so I usually come here where it's less crowded to do
This action is expressed by many of those in the square
table section and shows such personality traits expressed
by square types such as high achievers and working on
a task until it is finished.
When it comes to his time in the Hub circular table
sitter Tung Troung chooses to spend his time differently.
"I sit here to talk with friends and I have a lot",
says Troung. "I can make time to do homework later or
not do it at all."
This idea seems to be congruent with the thoughts
of others sitting at the round tables. Signs of school
supplies are hard to come by when looking around the
area where the round tables are. Eating, talking and
the occasional reading of the comics are all you'll
find in this area.
That type of thinking shows strong characteristics
of the circle personality such as a passive approach
to life, laziness and taking time to enjoy people.
Others such as Trevor Perkes and Kent Arnold choose
to make their decisions based on comfort and proximity
"I don't care about the table", says Perkes. "There
is booths at the square tables where you can lay down
and sleep. If they put Lay-Z-Boy's at the circle tables
I'd sleep there."
"I'm not walking clear over there," says Arnold. "These
(round) tables are closer to the food and that is where
I want to be."
So the next time you go to the Hub remember that your
choice of seat is more than just that. It can also give
people perceptions of who you are. Whether they are
that you are lazy, a go getter, sleepy, hungry, a bookworm
or that you just want to talk for no reason. Whatever
the choice may be, just don't take my spot at the round
tables, us circle personalities are afraid of change.