By Dani Naess Hellesund
The changes that began in Hillwood Commons during the fall semester continued over the winter break. The latest additions, according to Dr. Abby Van Vlerah, Post’s new dean of Students, are the relocation of the Center for Student Information (CSI), the new Gold Coast Cinema, modified hours at The Student Body (the boutique), some modifications to the Hillwood Second Floor Lounge, and new gaming systems in the recently relocated Game Lounge, and more changes are expected.
Hillwood Commons is said to acquire a sports lounge and a candy shop, and future plans for the CSI include a tech store.
Last semester, Hillwood Commons added the boutique and the game lounge was relocated to the now defunct old study lounge. The newly renovated cinema, now known as the Gold Coast Cinema continues to be the place where students can catch new releases and old favorites. The Gold Coast Cinema has been spruced up and movies will run Thursday at 9 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m. Students can also hang out at the new sports lounge, which opens on Feb. 2.
Michelle Evjen Halvorsen, a Business Management major, thinks that the changes will benefit students. “I think people will start to think of the school as a place where they want to spend their time and not only to attend classes,” Halvorsen added.
Rachel Haas, a freshman Digital Arts and Design major and Marketing minor, liked some of the ideas, but not all.
However, overall Hass thinks the changes are positive for the campus. “It is good that they are trying to accommodate the students.” She also added, “as a vegetarian, I like that they now have more options.”
The sports lounge will be located in the Pioneer room in Hillwood, and according to VanVlerah, the name is to be determined. The lounge will feature 9 LED TVs ranging in size, a menu including wings, fries, burgers, chicken sandwiches, shakes and salad, and the opportunity to watch sports. The grand opening is scheduled for Super Bowl Sunday at 5 p.m. Regular hours will be Monday through Wednesday from 8 p.m. to midnight, Thursday from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Sunday from 6 p.m. to midnight.
“We changed the hours to better suit the needs of our shoppers,” said Tamir Dayya, Special Projects coordinator. “We found that we were open for too many hours and decided to tailor the hours of operation based on the most common shopping times that we noticed,” Dayya added.
The Post Sweet Treats will be located in the former CSI location. According to VanVlerah, the shop will sell candy, cupcakes, muffins, beverages and other non-perishables. No hours have been determined yet, and just like the Student Body, the candy shop will be student- operated. CSI has relocated to the second floor and a tech store is tentatively planned for fall 2014.
According to Van Vlerah, The Student Body Boutique’s hours have been modified due to student feedback. The new hours are Monday through Friday, noon to 8 p.m. Additionally, the game lounge now has new gaming systems that include a PlayStation 4, an Xbox One, and games, such as “Call of Duty,” “Ghosts,” “Madden 25,” “Battlefield 4” and “Rock Band” game with new drum kits and guitars.
The changes, according to Dan Potenzieri, president of the Student Government Association (SGA) , are very positive for the campus and have already generated a lot of buzz. About adding these new businesses on campus, Potenzieri said, “The changes are targeting services that students have asked for.”