Amidst Criticism, NYU Maintains That Commuter Lounge and Normal Seating Areas Are “Separate But Equal”

Ferguson. Selma. Bruce Jenner. All hot-button issues revolving around prejudice and equality. But now NYU is adding another phrase to this list: Commuter Lounge.

“It’s not that I don’t like them, really. Some of my best friends are commuters,” said CAS Junior Ben Banton. “I just don’t feel super comfortable with them eating their lunch in the same place as me.”

When confronted about the issue, University Spokesman John Shiner said, “We’re not looking to cause any trouble. We just want students to be as comfortable as possible, and for most students from traditional households, that means eating with your own kind.”