Campus just continues to evolve at warpspeed lately, and I have to say — I am one happy camper. It’s wonderful to see the school I love so dearly become better, and especially to see the kinds of changes students are really hankering for.
One such change took place in the favorite hangout/cafe Jonzzey’s. The furniture has been updated and now complements the spiffy paint job and new menu and logo designs from the past year. I think that the wooden armrests on the chairs are a particularly handy improvement. Much friendlier toward textbooks and notebooks and food items. Take it from a klutz that flat surfaces are best.
Personally, I am most excited about the improvements to the Rice Fitness Center. I love being able to use the school’s facilities every morning before class. The space is clean, utilitarian, and bright (a remarkably important thing at 6:00 or 7:00 a.m.). The expanded hours for the area now include later nights and Saturdays, which is also music to my ears. The fact that this school can nourish me intellectually and physically is an enormous plus in my book, and the new and improved facilities help make that happen.
Though I graduate this May, I’m eager to hear about future development and to see the university become even more suited to students’ needs and desires. If there’s one thing that the last year has taught me about how business is done here, it’s that the voices of students are being heard, and the response is change.
Way to be, Southern Virginia. Way to be.
(Post by Madeleine Gail Rex ’16. Photos by Hannah King ’13 and Eva Sorensen Smith ’17.)