Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Great Zone; Dead Zones

Is Beacon Hall missing something?
By Margarita Gomez
Senior Staff Writer

Beacon or Lafayette Hall???
Collage by Margarita Brown

How do students feel about Beacon Hall? Hate it or love it?

Beacon Hall has just been opened to all HCC students; however, it is not yet complete.
Beacon Hall, the new addition to HCC, opened on September 2, just in time for the Fall semester.

Many students were excited about a new place to study, but these possibilities have not been completely fulfilled.

“I hate that building [Beacon],” says Dara Nile, an Accounting student at HCC. “There is nothing in there, no computer lab, no cafeteria... it's a nice building... [but] I only like the lounge.... It will be nice when it’s done.”

Walking around without art pictures on the walls, no cafeteria, no computer lab, no TV in the TV Lounge, makes Beacon Hall feel like an isolated building.

Myra Hudson, a student at HCC, thinks of Beacon Hall as a “headache for everyone... Walking around without art pictures hanging on the walls, lights or more windows it is a complete desolation. She rather spends her free time in the old ‘comfy’ building, Lafayette, where “there are more lights, and more life.”

Aside from the fact that there aren’t many decorations in Beacon Hall, it’s also rather difficult to find your classroom. There aren’t many people around to ask for help, and it’s seems even more difficult to make new friends.

“There is nobody, but next semester there will be more people,” says Jessica Kulak, 18, an Early Childhood student. “…the building is not fully done… [and] makes it hard to meet new people because there is nobody around.”

Even though some people agree with Nile, that Beacon is a “house [building] with no soul”, other students find Beacon as a fresh start.

“I love it [Beacon],” are the simple words that Nicole Catalano, a Human Services student at HCC, used to describe Beacon Hall. “[Besides being] better looking than the old building [Lafayette Hall], quieter [and] beautiful; it has more open spaces and studies spaces, more spaces where you can hang out with your friends.”

Kulak, on the other hand, sees advantages to both parts of the campus.

“I like both buildings,” she says. “…. The old one [Lafayette] has paintings around, art work; the amount of space that the new building [Beacon] has, and that it [Beacon] is attach to the garage makes so easy to go through.”


Anonymous said...

Beacon Hall is just like reading a story. You can relte to the characters and the plot become thicker as the pages turn. You hit the climax (open house for Beacon Hall) and the pages in the book are missing. You are left at the edge with your mouth wide open and a brew of mixed emotions are taking you on a trip to NUTVILLE. You get mad because you want to know where is "the rest of it." You feel as if you've been conned. The worst thing of all is that our generation lives in a time where everything is about access. If we have no access, we are not interested. As a result, by the time it's available, we will not be as interested as before. This brings in a lack of care for it.

Sad but true.

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