Thanks to a new student-run enterprise supported by QU Dining and the Quinnipiac University School of Business, On the Rocks Pub restaurant patrons won’t just be served by a server made up of their peers; the pub’s management team is now made up entirely of Quinnipiac students.
After reopening for the Fall 2021 semester, On the Rocks Pub has become the site of multiple nights of magic shows, student organization gatherings, concerts, and entertainment, as well as a fully functional restaurant and bar. Mondays, Thursdays and men. ice hockey game days.
The managers running the show are students Louis Stamoulis, a health sciences major in the 4+1 public relations program, Joseph Coverly, a junior double major in international business and computer information systems, and Savitri George, a major in senior accounting in the 4+1 business program.
Officials said they learned about the proposed student takeover of the company last spring through an email sent to the School of Business and shared by several professors.
Many students expressed interest in the leadership position, Stamoulis said, but the three leaders were able to work with administration and QU Dining to secure the positions.
“Quinnipiac knew they wanted a student company, and they thought (the pub) would be a great place to do that,” Coverly said. “…And the benefits are great for us, aren’t they? Because when can a student run a business? We make concrete decisions and we see all this before entering the labor market.
The front of On the Rocks Pub, including waiters and managers, is currently staffed entirely by students, with catering staff working as chefs in the back. The new student managers have replaced non-student catering workers who still work at other college restaurants, Stamoulis said.
Managers shared the day-to-day responsibilities of running a business, with Stamoulis covering social media and programming, Coverly handling recruiting and training operations, and George taking charge of finances.
“We are increasing our numbers every day.” Coverly said. “We see great interest and want to join this team – this family – and we just want to make it the perfect place on the Quinnipiac campus.”
Officials said they hoped to attract more student organisations, such as acapella and orchestra groups, as entertainment for the pub.
“(Student hiring) opens up more student jobs, which is really good because they’re hard to find,” Megan Accardi, a junior 3+1 major in public relations, said of the new business model. .
Officials said their business mantra was “for students, by students.”
“When students come here and they want to sit down and have a meal and they see they’re being served by their friends – it’s run by kids their own age, by students – I think it’s really going to improve the experience here,” said Stamoulis.
When it comes to juggling being a student and running a business, George said good communication between the management team is paramount to their working relationship.
“I think (being a student manager) can be a bit too much, but it’s more about having fun. and work together,” George said. “We all lean on each other if we need help. We just say, “Hey, I can’t do this right now, help us.” We can keep up and we work better as a team.
The new managers had the opportunity to show off their teamwork at a pub launch event on Monday September 12, which marked the opening of the pub for the new semester. The event was complete with a DJ, free raffles and a brand new menu.
Students who attended the launch event said they were enthusiastic about the pub being student-run.
“I think it’s awesome,” said Jillian Catalano, a junior 3+1 major in public relations. “I think it opens up a sense of community, especially for the York Hill campus, which is a bit quieter. So I’m really excited.
Hennessy Spargo, a junior 3+1 marketing student, agreed that hiring student workers benefits the restaurant and the workers themselves.
“I think (working as a student manager) would be great for the student experience and maybe also bringing student opinions to (the job),” Spargo said.
Officials have encouraged any student looking for a job to consider joining pub staff. They also said that all suggestions and comments about the pub are welcome at [email protected]
“(On the Rocks Pub) is going to be the sickest place on the Quinnipiac campus, every Monday and Thursday — not just the 12th — every Monday and Thursday,” Coverly said.
Krystal Miller contributed to this report.