Center needs renovation
university offers no good place to meet people
do TCU students go to meet people, make friends and
just hang out? If youre thinking the Student Center,
These days the Student Center has become more of a building
where organizations have meetings and forums than a
gathering place for students. The lounge is almost always
occupied by tables or stages that may invite students
to stop and stare but hardly evoke a participatory feeling,
especially if talking politics or salsa dancing isnt
your cup of tea.
A student center should be a place where
all students can go and feel welcome. It should invite
people to come and stay awhile, not just pass through
on the way to their dorm or car. Students dont
even stay to eat, not that The Main is big enough to
accommodate the traffic.
students that arent automatically inclined to
pay for their friends have to find other ways to meet
people. And lets face it social activities
on campus are about as popular as sobriety. Student
involvement is hard enough when there is no common ground
that brings people together.
Granted, the Recreation Center has a rather nice area
solely for lounging. With pool and ping-pong tables
and a big screen TV, its the perfect place for
students to gather ... if anyone knew it was there or
wanted to hang out in the Recs basement.
constantly reminisce about the old Student Center where
they used to play bridge. There have also been rumors
of a bowling alley and coffee bar. These are the types
of things that belong in a Student Center, things that
The point isnt that we need to renovate the Student
Center to make more room for offices and cubicles. We
need to renovate the purpose of the Student Center altogether.