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Stratton Survey Unveiled

By Jennifer Krishnan

NEWS EDITOR

Dining and computing are the two most popular services in the Stratton Student Center, a recent survey by the Campus Activities Complex showed.

The web survey was administered to help create the strategic plan released by the CAC last week.

“This document looks at each facility and what should be the mission of the facility,” said CAC Director Phillip J. Walsh.

The strategic plan defines goals and visions for the undergraduate-focused Stratton Student Center, and Walker Memorial, which “has more of a graduate emphasis,” Walsh said.

In particular, the plan calls for a reorganization in the use of space in the Student Center, particularly on the first floor.

Walsh said that retail would remain a significant component of the building, but “maybe not the level we have today. It was important 15 years ago,” but the environment around the campus has changed, with more retail services nearby.

Seventy-four percent of respondents said they went to the Student Center to eat, and 60 percent said they frequent the Athena cluster on the fifth floor. But fewer than eight percent of respondents used the other non-food retail services in the Student Center, except for the automatic teller machines, post office and CopyTech.

On the other hand, “students are looking for more recreation space,” Walsh said. Currently, the Student Center houses an arcade in the basement and a pool table in the Coffeehouse, but Walsh said he hoped more recreational opportunities would be added.

Lounge space figured heavily in the survey results, with many respondents citing lounges as one of the “best features” of the Student Center, and a lack of lounge space as one of the “worst features.”

Walsh said another important concern was the appearance of the building.

“The Student Center is a place people tend to pass through,” he said. “The first floor is not especially welcoming.”