Center renovations continue
By Reuven M. Lerner
Renovations of the MIT Student Center will continue on the fifth floor through the fall, according to Campus Activities Complex Director Philip J. Walsh. He added that the upcoming expansion of the Student Center Athena cluster is the "primary reason" for the changes.
Walsh explained that there are "two phases to the project." Phase I, the physical renovation of the fifth floor, will be complete by the end of May, he said. During Phase II, he continued, the offices and activities on the fifth floor will move into their permanent homes. Walsh noted that Phase II is still "in the planning stages."
Sandra Nett, manager of retail and administration for the CAC, said that under the current Phase II plan, the fifth floor will contain an Athena cluster, the Medical Center's Health Information office, the CAC offices, the Meal Plan office, the Office of the Dean for Student Affairs' Residence and Campus Activities office, the Student Information Processing Board office, and a study room. Although "hopeful" that the renovations will be complete by September, Nett felt that "early fall" would be a "more accurate" guess.
Walsh said that the Athena cluster will expand into part of the area previously occupied by the CAC because of approximately fifty new workstations. Jeffrey I. Schiller '79, Project Athena's manager of operations, said that "ten or twenty" new workstations will be installed as soon as new tables arrive.
According to Walsh, the other workstations should be in place by September.
Now that most of the renovations are complete, the CAC will sponsor programs to bring the MIT community closer together, Nett said. One example is this Friday's "Spring Fling" program, in which student activities, outside vendors, and Student Center tenants will "say goodbye to students." Walsh expressed hopes that the CAC will become an "advising contact" for student groups.
The Student Center is becoming more of a "college union," rather than "just a building," Nett said. "Now that the building is finished, we will focus more on programs and community," she added. The CAC wants to create a "relaxed environment," and Nett hopes the Student Center will become a "fun, nice, useful place for everyone."