By Jacob Howard
Over the summer, changes have been made to the Hasty Student Life Center space formerly operated as The Varsity. Although not all of the planned changes have yet been completed, the university has made significant progress transforming the location into a multi-use space.
One of the most readily apparent changes is the decor. The artwork has been removed and the walls have been painted. The solid single door entrance has been replaced by double glass doors with sidelights. Inside, the old booths have been removed and the number of tables has nearly doubled. The largest addition is the inclusion of a stage.
“Before it had this cool retro feel, but was also kinda grimy. Now it’s more comfortable and open, especially with the glass doors,” commented Junior Luke Williams.
To better serve food customers, the flow of traffic at the counter has also been reorganized.
Metz Culinary Management will offer late night food options for students between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. Additionally, on Tuesday evenings campus worship activities will be offered beginning at 7 p.m. Time slots for band rehearsals have been made available Sunday and Thursday evenings from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
A new name for the space has not been finalized. Rev. Ted Goshorn, who is in charge of the campus’ religious services, said “It’s still being determined, but because of copyright reasons, [it] will not be the Upper Room,” one of the name options that was being considered.