WSU’s New Amenities

Posted on October 26, 2010 by

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The newly renovated Dowden Hall (photo by Hannah Brackley)

By Brittany Pomales

Staff Writer

The return to the campus was different this fall in comparison to past years.  The school not only upgraded from College status to University, but they also added three amenities on campus that affect students’ experience in a positive way.

Many students and faculty were greeted by pleasant aromas of freshly brewed Starbucks coffee as they entered the newly remodeled second floor of the Learning Resource Center.  While many commuters and residents used to have to make the trek to Nu Café down the road for a hot beverage and a quiet study space, Worcester State answered the cries of its students for a wireless café, conveniently on-campus and dining-dollar-friendly.

“I’m a Communication major.  All my classes are in here,” said Taniesha Mings.  “Now I can grab a coffee in-between [classes]!”

photo by Hannah Brackley

Another new place to find food on campus is the “C” store, a convenience store that is located in the Dowden Hall lobby. They sell hot food items as an alternative to the Lancer Loft Cafe for dinner, snacks for late-night studying, and coffee.  They don’t just offer food!  The “C” store is also stocked with Tylenol and most other basic medicine needs. The store is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  The store’s convenient location places it in the middle of freshmen resident domain, but all residents have access to its benefits.

The store is not the only addition to Dowden that craves student’s attention! There is a new weight room and fitness center located in the basement of the renovated portion of the building.  It is open to all residents and requires a valid resident Onecard for entry.  All the equipment is new, including treadmills, elliptical machines, stationary bikes and free weights. It is a great place to go whether you are participating in athletics, de-stressing, or staying healthy.

These changes do not only help beautify the campus; they also improve the Worcester State experience for students.

Dowden Halls renovations include large study rooms for student use (Photo by Hannah Brackley)

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