New Snake Pit open to students

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Florida Southern’s campus has undergone many changes this fall, one of which is the opening of a student center.

At the Sept. 9 convocation, students voted to name this center the “Snake Pit.” Eventually, there will be pictures and a logo designed to go along with the name.

The student center is located in the large auditorium space of the former Rogers business building.

“The goal of this space is to provide an outlet for students to gather and have social experiences,” said Bill Langston, dean of student development.

Due to the construction of the Becker business building, Rogers is now home to all student development services including the career center and student solutions, in addition to the new student lounge.

“It is nice to have all of our departments under one umbrella,” Langston said.

“I think that it is a wonderful development that most of our student resources are now present in one building,” said junior Corey Koch, executive president of the Student Government Association.

The lounge includes four comfortable couches, five tables, two big screen TVs, a pool table, ping pong table and foosball table. There is a small kitchen space as well within the lounge that students are able to utilize.

“It’s nice to have a casual lounge for all students to use,” said senior Ashley Buckley, academic vice president of SGA.

The lounge offers a comfortable environment for students, whether they want to sit in front of the TV and unwind, set up camp at a table and buckle down on some homework, or even cook up a meal in the kitchen.

“I’m really exited to provide students with a place they can call their own,” Langston said. “It’s still a work in progress but I’m very happy with the initial outcome and look of the space.”

However, the Student Development team as well as SGA is always open to suggestions on how to improve any and all campus spaces and services.

“I think it [the lounge] will grow in popularity over the years as it improves and more students come to use it,” Koch said.

Students are welcome to utilize the lounge anytime between 8 a.m. to 3 a.m. any day of the week.

“I hope that the center gets used more and more,” Buckley said. “It has a great centralized location and is an awesome hang out spot for students.”