Arguably the most trafficked part of campus for the student body is Jonzzey’s. But the cafe has been in need of some TLC lately. Student Body President Kirsten Laurence and members of the Student Senate have taken it upon themselves to transform Jonzzey’s into the cleaner, brighter hangout on campus that we all want it to be. To accomplish this, the Student Association has been organizing fundraisers and asking family and friends for donations to help raise money for the project.
Once the money is raised, it will be used to replace things in the cafe area like the chalkboard menu, tables and chairs, and couches. New lighting and paint will also be added to help the space. If there is enough funding, the hope will be to install a new sound system that will allow for music to be played throughout the student hangout.
“KL, our Student Body President, has a real drive and vision for [Southern Virginia],” said Erik Flores, a member of the Student Senate. “She encouraged us as senators to contribute funds by reaching out to our friends and families to help improve Jonzzey’s.”
Senator Flores has taken the initiative to coordinate two fundraising activities: The Fading Point’s Singing Valentines and cupcakes made by Red Umbrella, a local cupcake company, sold at a Knight Sounds event. Both helped to raise money and awareness for the project.
“This university is special,” said Kirsten Laurence. “It takes an ordinary person like me and makes them into a remarkable student and leader. [Southern Virginia] has changed my life and many others. We want to give back to this university and show our gratitude.”
This incredible project started on Saturday, March 7, and will continue throughout this week. As a student, if you are interested in helping out with the remodeling, please contact Kevin Prince.
(Post by Delaney Bigelow ’18).