Cultural Center gets renovation

by Lily Rugo / Beacon Correspondent • September 18, 2014

Recent renovations in the Cultural Center have created what students who frequent the space call a more inviting and relaxing atmosphere.

The recent construction in the room, located on the lower level of the Max Mutchnick Campus Center, created more space after knocking down the small office that used to stand in the right corner. In its place is a new black chalkboard wall for students to draw on and shelves full of world history books and board games. 

Posters from past events hosted by the various cultural organizations on campus hang on the wall above one of two mini fridges and two microwaves. Armchairs are arranged around the room facing the new Smart TV with Netflix, Hulu, Pandora and other streaming services. 

“There’s so much more room,” said Aaron Griffin, a junior writing, literature and publishing major. “All the [multicultural] clubs are gradually getting bigger which is great, and the space can now accommodate it.”

Griffin said with the office no longer a part of the room, the Center is more inviting for students to visit. With the previous arrangement, he said it was too small for meetings for clubs like Emerson’s Alliance for Gays, Lesbians, and Everyone, or EAGLE.

“You could see people not coming in when they looked through the door,” said Griffin, who is now the group’s co-president.

With more space and a new TV equipped with popular apps and a Blu-ray player, the Center can now host more events and movie nights, according to junior political communication major Navidra Hardin.

“I think we can start holding a lot more events in here and put this space on the map at Emerson, because I feel like a lot of people don’t know this exists,” Hardin said. “There are so many things here that are useful. It’ll also help put the cultural organizations on the map because people will be more aware of them.”