By Michelle Morey
Last year, there was a lot of buzz about changes being made to Hillwood Commons and this year there will be more. On top of The Student Body boutique, The Post Treat Shoppe, and The End Zone that opened last year, as well as the re-named movie theater, three more businesses are planned.
All of these changes are costing students more than they are gaining. Not only does building these amenities cost money, but it has also cost students a computer lab that was so convenient to stop into on your way to class if you needed to print something out. Students also had to readjust to the game room being relocated downstairs, as well as losing some extra seating during common hour, where The End Zone now rests.
“I really don’t understand why the school can complain about money and raise tuition when they can afford to do all of these pointless things to Hillwood,” Jacklyn Stringham, a senior Public Relations major, said. “This is a school, not a mall.” Many other students felt similarly to Stringham: this is not supposed to be a mall, but a school.
Students have complained that the boutique is ridiculous and overpriced, especially for college students, and that’s not the only thing they complained was overpriced. “Why would I spend $10 on candy at the candy store, when I can get candy much cheaper at the Hillwood café?” Christina Scozzari, a senior Broadcasting major, said.
One change that students don’t seem to mind is the revamping of the theater to create “The Gold Coast Movie Theater.” This offers students an opportunity to watch movies that were in theaters before they are released on DVD and cable. This amenity not only offers free admission for students, but free snacks as well. You can find the list of movies that are scheduled to play on the schools website, along with the dates and times of these showings. Unfortunately, this is the only added amenity that is free.
Students can only wonder, “What will be next?” If you have any further questions about the changes being made to Hillwood, you can always go to the Information Desk across from the candy store in Hillwood Commons.