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By: Kelly Litt
Tower Staff Writer
The Griffin Student Center is full of changes this year. At the request of President Peter Cimbolic, the Admissions offices, formerly located on the first floor of Sansbury, are now located on the second floor of the Griff where all the student offices were.
From the rearrangement, Admissions moved to the Griff, Campus Ministry moved to Sansbury, Career Development moved to Erskine, International and Multicultural Affairs moved to the former Campus Ministry offices, Student Senate and the offices of Student Leadership and Success were relocated to the back corner of the Griff in what was previously known as the ‘sleepers’ lounge.’ The lounge was previously a large room with couches and a TV where students could catch a nap, but now it houses three newly built offices. Student Activities was moved to Career Development’s old office space.
Ali Clark, Student Senate vice president and a Peer Advisor to incoming freshmen, frequently visits the Student Senate office and the office of Student Leadership and Success. Clark describes the new Senate office as cold and distant. It is hard to get students to come visit, but she is thankful to still have an office. “I think it has definitely caused a decline in our function, but not having an office at all would have been worse so it’s a good middle ground,” Clark explained.
Members of Student Senate in their new office in the Griff
International and Multicultural Affairs work study student Sarah Kyle likes the change. The new office, located at the top of the stairs in the Griff allows the International and Multicultural Affairs office to be more visible. Kyle said a lot of people stop by and look at fliers and posters on the windows. The change to the Griff is “a better representation that our school is improving. Sansbury was nice for Admissions, but Sansbury was worn out” and having Admissions there reflected a feeling of a worn out campus, Kyle said.
Junior Raegan Haines is dissatisfied by the move. As a work study student in Campus Ministry, she now goes to Sansbury for work. “I like the set up (in Sansbury), but I hate the disconnection. I miss the closeness we had before,” Haines said. Walking by Campus Ministry last year in the Griff, it was apparent students, faculty and staff frequently stopped by and visited. “We never have anyone visit now unless they are scheduled to come. Before, people would stop by and chat as they passed by,” Haines said. She now believes that the Student Center is no longer a Student Center. She said “it has been taken away from the students and the only time I go over there now is to get food.”
Senior Mac Arnold works for the Admissions Office as a student ambassador. He believes the move of Admissions from Sansbury to the Griff was a good decision. “Admissions moving to the Griff makes for a good first impression and makes Admissions staff more visible to students already here,” Arnold said. Arnold explains that Admissions is more connected with the university now. “People stop in, borrow tape, chat, and freshmen come and check in with their Admissions officers,” Arnold said. He believes that moving Admissions lets perspective students see what the campus can offer as far as new buildings and spaces.
Amber Slivinski has a different opinion. As a senior student working in the Student Activities Office, she does not like the rearrangement. She said not many students visit the SAO offices anymore, and not many students know where they are located. “The Student Center is now boring; it was not a good idea to move it around at all. Before, students could go to one place to find all the offices they needed, now it doesn’t make sense,” Slivinski said. Before, the SAO office had more space and was much more visible than it is now. Having all the student organizations grouped together made each office more accessible for students. Slivinski is disappointed in the move. “It made sense before; now it just doesn’t make sense.”
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