With brand new couches and independent study nooks, the remodeled 24-hour study lounge in RichLyn Library is now complete. The lounge was introduced with an afternoon open house Apr. 9, which featured refreshments provided by the President’s Office.
The room has a tan and orange color scheme, bar-height desks and chairs and two group study tables. The décor of the lounge features a large quote displayed on the wall as well as vintage photos of past university students pulled from the archives. The addition of outlets with USB ports at each individual area and a printer improve the technology of the room.
Many students, faculty, staff and outside sources were involved in the completion of the project that began with junior Brian Menzie winning the Student Senate Think Tank competition Nov. 2013.
“We were looking for someone who was passionate about making the community here at Huntington greater,” junior Amanda Henningfield, senator-at-large, said. “[We wanted an idea that] all students would be able to benefit from and not just a select population.”
Menzie’s idea seems to be fulfilling both expectations with its 24 hour availability and access to all, junior Lindey Kuvshinikov said. Kuvshinikov helped develop the room.
“I love it,” she said. “I’ve been spending every night in it every since it opened. People are there, and they are focused and able to study, and it’s just a good environment. It’s kind of like a ‘Café of Hope’ feel. I would say on average, eight people are there at a time.”
Menzie said he is excited with the results.
“I hope everything holds up well and things are taken care of,” he said. “We tried to get really quality furniture.”
The printer was available for use without Wi-Fi, since wireless Internet access is still spotty in the library area, Menzie said. Menzie also said there was never a coffee machine promised and that “if someone wants to take care of it, they can do it.”
Menzie was able to reveal the room to the donor, Steve Fetters, the day after and Fetters said he “really liked it.”
Vince Haupert, vice president for advancement, helped Menzie track down a donor to donate more money on top of the initial $700 Menzie won from senate.
“This idea answered the question, ‘How am I, in good conscience, supposed to be inspired to go out and ask people to make gifts to the university, when we’re not taking care of what we have?” Haupert said.
A plaque recognizing Student Senate, Think Tank, Menzie and Fetters Construction will soon be placed in the study lounge.
“I think it will attract more students because the furniture makes it more homey,” junior Alisha Sutton said. “It has more of a coffee shop, laid back feeling.”
Haupert said he is “thrilled” with the outcome.
“This room represents who we are,” he said. “HU is a place of excellence, high expectations, and we want to have an appearance of doing all things well.”