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Do our facilities support the needs of first year students? What sorts of spaces do we need to better meet first year students’ expectations?
Posted by David Swenson on November 5, 2007 11:53 PM | Permalink
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Nana Wassinger |
July 8, 2011 8:13 AM
Again--Sarah and I are on the same track! I would love to see UMM have a place like "The Dive" at Gustavus--lounge space during the day with a small cafe and every Friday and Saturday night it turns into the night club of every freshman students dreams! :) Louie's Lower Level/The Oracle is a)too small b)too cramped and c)too hidden to really serve that purpose. On Saturday nights, I want there to be somewhere for students to go hang out--playing music, games, etc. We are big time lacking here!
December 11, 2007 9:20 PM
I completely agree with the comments about the mall activities. Getting more people out there playing is important.
Now that the drinking age is 25, it is difficult for students to go out clubbing to let off steam. What about having an on-campus night club, complete with an up-to-date sound system, light show, dance floor, and fancy, non-alcohlic drinks? Louie's LL just doesn't cut it. It is not an inviting space.
Sarah Buchanan |
November 7, 2007 8:02 PM
If I interpret "facilities " in a general sense, I believe UMM is woefully lacking. There is a need for much more informal activity to open up a wider world for students. We need a Debating Club (Union) with funds to invite leading state figures as principal debaters. We need more exposure to cultural activities. Why not fund a program to bring artists/musicians from other colleges in the state to present or perform at UMM?
Recently UMM has improved its athletic opportunities. Now make the campus vital and interesting with better extracuricular activities which also contribute to a liberal arts focus.
Michael O'R |
November 6, 2007 1:03 AM
Phase III addition to the HFA would be the best space we need for concerts, recitals, and even graduation.
Kati H |
November 6, 2007 1:01 AM
I believe this was posted in an earlier question, but I agree that we have a lack of general gathering spaces that are functional. TMC is okay, and the new booths really help create a space for conversation, but it would be nice to see something students can gather around, like air hockey or something, or even a tv lounge that isn't as hidden...I think if there was a space, completely casual, where people felt they could just join in the activity that other students are engaged in, there would be a greater sense of community overall and it would create more mingling.
I also think it would be a neat idea to get more activity out on the mall during the first month of school. Some of my best memories are from when a bad mitten set was set up or there was some sort of activity on the mall, because I felt like I could just jump in and join even if I didn't know anyone playing at the time. People here are friendly, and if new students figure that out sooner rather than later, I think that's key. I'm not sure how one could promote more activity on the mall, but maybe having bad mitten sets / balls etc like the res halls have more accessible would help.
Maria B |
November 6, 2007 12:52 AM
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