To many students, the lounge situated under Seymour Union is a bit of an enigma. It currently holds a billiards room, a few tables and several of the comfiest armchairs on campus and has recently hosted student events such as the black light dance party.
What are the plans for the Seymour Union Student Lounge, formerly Wallace Lounge?
“For the past three or four years we have gone to students asking what they would like to see in the lounge,” said Craig Southern, Associate Dean of Students for Campus Life.
According to Southern, all the feedback that students wanted was consolidated into a single plan for remodeling the lounge.
“What we did was, at the beginning of the year, we went to Roger Taylor to see if remodeling it was possible and what would it entail,” he said.
The plans for remodeling would include adding more comfortable furniture (Southern reassures that it will not be more residence hall furniture), TVs, better flooring, tables and chairs. In the front of the lounge would be a multi-purpose area with movable furniture and a movable stage. Other possibilities include an area for screening movies and video game equipment for the TVs.
There is also a possibility for an additional eating option in the lounge, which would include what Southern called “nice” vending, such as a shop for sandwiches and coffee. Such a shop would possibly be open 24/7 and the food would be available to students with their dining dollars. Many questions are still unanswered about this potential eating place, though, such as if and how it would be staffed.
Southern emphasized that all of these ideas are still in the planning stages.
“We still don’t have a timeline for any of this, so it’s hard to say when any of it will take place,” he said.
Currently, the lounge is a place for students to, well, lounge. It is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and can be reserved by students to host club activities or parties, such as the black light party that was hosted by Union Board. Plans for the lounge were presented to Student Senate last week by Vice President for Finance Tom Axtell.
In the spring of 2007, the lounge flooded and the past few years have been spent remodeling it and repairing the damage that was caused by the flood, Southern said. Prior to the flood, it was much like the lounge it is today — a lounge with a lot of furniture and just a place for students to hang out. If the plans for the lounge are to be followed though, “it would be a big upgrade,” Southern said.