University Relations // 02.14.2017
When what was once known as The Charleston Room was repurposed as a new student lounge last fall, some on campus wondered if students would find it useful. The short answer to this point is, absolutely.
Once the dining hall expansion was complete, that corner of the Strom Thurmond Center was no longer needed for dining overflow. Campus leaders quickly wondered what purpose that space could provide. More than a few students seem happy with the idea of converting it to a new student lounge.
The large room offers two flat screens, couches, tables and work stations. Beyond that, though, it’s become popular for as many different reasons as there are students. Elizabeth Chandler, a sophomore from North Myrtle Beach, says she likes to hang out in the lounge before lunch when between classes. Jackson Woodle, a sophomore from Aynor, appreciates that it’s so centrally located in the middle of campus. Kenny Nkem-Ossai, a freshman from Nigeria, likes the lounge because it is a quiet place.
Students seem especially fond of the lounge as a gathering spot when it’s cold outside and also often congregate there before Elevate on Thursday evenings.
Sophomore, Alex Irish, from North Charleston, spends quite a lot of time in the student lounge. The computer science major likes the option to the library for studying with friends, but he’s also quick to add, “This place has the most comfortable chairs on campus!”
For students who haven’t discovered this space, it’s just for you, and the doors remain open daily from 6:30 a.m. - 3 a.m.
Founded in 1964, Charleston Southern University is a private, four-year liberal arts college. CSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. The university's vision is to be a Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving.