The Chapel, in conjunction with SGA, is revamping and revitalizing Dirlam Lounge to offer students an alternative space to study, hold club meetings, chat with professors, relax on campus, and curl up with a cup of Holy Grounds’ coffee. With the exciting arrival of the busy and bustling Kent Campus Center, RLC is looking to provide students with a quiet getaway to hull up with some hot cocoa and that paper due at 8:00 a.m. This facelift is hoping to include new flooring, lighting, paint, and furniture and will hopefully give the room a more intimate feel in contrast, and yet complimentary, to the open, exciting, and busy feel of the new Kent Campus Center.
The new campus center, and what it will offer the Simpson community, has generated excitement in students, faculty and staff, and potential students; however, one would be delusional or naïve to assume that the needs of every Simpson student could be fulfilled in one building. The Student Government Association and the Religious Life Community are by no means attempting to compete with the new student center. Rather, we want to provide a complimentary space that will serve students interested in a slow, quiet, and less chaotic atmosphere on the opposite side of campus.
Plans are being formulated and approved – changes are quite underway. Though the changes and additions are altered from the original plan, it is still our goal to make these changes over Christmas break. Dirlam Lounge is already a popular study hub offering coffee from Holy Grounds and a comfortable meeting venue. This facelift, however, will create more of a coffee shop essence with the new warm and relaxing atmosphere.
Dirlam Lounge is a regular stop during prospective students’ tour of campus. These changes will much improve the space and increase the “wow factor” of the room. The decrease in enrollment is a common knowledge; any positive change to campus will be of benefit.
These renovations will not, in any way, inhibit the happenings at Kent Campus Center once it is up and running. The improvements only seek to accommodate more students. With a need for retention and recruitment, shouldn’t students, staff, and faculty express concern and offer improvement to campus as a whole? The Simpson Community needs a well-rounded, diverse, and unique campus atmosphere – all of which will be affected by a new and improved Dirlam Lounge.