On Tuesday, the new Student Activity Center on campus finally opened. After narrowly avoiding reversing dump trucks on campus my freshman year, it’s great to see it finally opened. The SAC is located on the corner of Speedway, campus’ north-south thoroughfare, and the East Mall. Since the building opened, the East Mall has gone from quiet to crowded.
My work colleague just referred to it as “off-the-hook”. Not exactly the adjective I would use, but that really does sum it up. The first floor is a new cafeteria with Zen, Taco Cabana, Chick-Fil-A, and campus’ fourth Starbucks. (For those of you counting, there are Starbucks in the SAC, the Union, the football stadium, and in Jester. For bonus points, you can count the one a block off campus on 24th street). The first floor also has a theater for student group performances and large lecture classes. The second floor features a brand new ballroom for large events as well as a new home for our student government. The building is stacked with meeting rooms and study lounges that have been packed with students since the building opened.
The first thing that everyone notices is how well it was designed. It is a massive building, but it feels small enough to find a quiet corner. Students were highly involved in the planning process and it really shows. The SAC is even the third building on campus to get an environmental rating.
If you’re touring campus, it is definitely an attraction worth visiting.