The Oracle | TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2012
Much of the space in the Anderson Center is dedicated to providing offices for campus life programs and functional meeting places for student organizations. Meeting and conference rooms adorn the perimeters of the building on all floors and a meditation room nestled at the top of the building provides a quiet, private place for prayer, reflection and relaxation. On the third floor, the McVay Family Service Leadership Suite houses new offices for the Student Involvement Center, the Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service and Social Justice, and the Hedgeman Center for Student Diversity Initiatives and Programs. According to Carlos Sneed, director of the Hedgeman Center, the Leadership Suite was designed to facilitate “increased collaboration and synergy” between the student life offices. “For the last seven years or so we’ve been on the outskirts of campus,” Sneed said. “Perceptually we’re at the center of campus. It will increase people’s awareness that we exist. It will be a major step forward for diversity.” Hamline’s oncampus convenience store, formerly in Sorin Hall, also has a new home in the Anderson Center and is now known as the Spirit Shop. According to Spirit Shop Manager Alisha Smith, the square footage is the best part of the new store. “We hope with the bigger space we’ll be able to offer a lot more for students with greater convenience,” Smith said. “Students can stop in and grab breakfast without having to go up to the cafe.” Smith said the new Spirit Shop features about 500 new items as well as apparel and accessories like water bottles from the bookstore. The influx of new items has been a fun challenge, according to Smith. “It’s been hard work to set it up and we’re still working on it but I think it’s going to be a fun year,” Smith said. The Spirit Shop will be open Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 12 a.m., Saturdays 8:30 a.m. to 12 a.m. and Sundays 3 p.m. to 12 a.m.
The second floor of the Anderson Center is a bright, sprawling collection of tables, chairs and booths. The Bishop’s Bistro and the Piper Grill provide catering for those who wish to purchase food. A change from Sorin Dining Hall, however, is the multi-purpose blended seating of the space, which allows anyone to utilize the area. “We don’t call them dining spaces,” Director of Dining Services Gayle Hanson said. “The blended seating allows everyone to dine and entertain together. Friends can visit you while you’re eating or studying.” Hanson said Dining Services worked with Aramark, Hamline’s dining service, and Shepley Bulfinch, the architects, to design a “community space” to fit within the parameters of the building plans. On the first floor, a Starbucks offers up its fare, bringing a commercial presence to the building. “Whenever you bring a national franchise to a community, you know exactly what you’re getting from them,” Hanson said. “The biggest benefit is that they contribute to a lot of community programs.”
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Published on Sep 4, 2012