A lot can change over the course of a few months, and for those of you that did not spend the summer in Boston, you may need to be filled in on what has happened on campus. Remodeling, building and moving of departments have taken place across campus, so be sure to take note of these recent changes.
The Technology Help Desk has officially relocated to the third floor of O’Neill near the printers. The streamlined setup makes it easy to approach the walk-in help desk for assistance with your computer needs. A variety of other tech solutions are available and an increase in printers has helped to alleviate rush hour printing lines.
The nearby Connors Family Learning Center has also been remodeled. Though it maintains the same goals, the atmosphere has improved to allow for a relaxed, yet focused study environment. With tutoring, learning disabilities services and writing support, the CFLC continues to enhance the quality of learning at Boston College.
On an entirely different note is the redesigning of Carney’s dining room in McElroy. The lower dividers open up the room to give the full effect of the high ceilings and bright lights. Food-related quotes adorn the dividers, such as Virginia Woolf’s words, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” A lot of hype has also surrounded the installation of Starbucks at On The Fly in Mac.
The Women’s Center, which used to inhabit a small space on the first floor on McElroy, has made a huge move to Maloney 441. This move has increased accessibility and allowed for program expansion. The new mentorship programs RISE and DUO have been implemented as well. RISE allows small groups of juniors and seniors to be paired with female faculty and staff to meet for dinner and discuss women’s issues on campus. The DUO program matches freshmen women with upperclassmen based on hobbies, hometowns, extracurriculars and majors.
Big things have also happened for CSON. The nursing school now occupies 35,000 square feet on the second and third floors of Maloney. The school has 78% more usable space than it formerly did in Cushing, including the 2,000 square-foot Brown Family Clinical Learning lab with a 12-bed clinical learning space. There are also five exam rooms along with a new Simulation Lab full of the newest teaching tools. The five stained glass panels of the Cushing chapel have even been moved to the third floor of Maloney.
Last but not least, the new dorm at 2150 Commonwealth Ave. has made great progress. The dorm, which will house 490 students in four and six-man rooms, will be ready by move-in week of Fall 2016 in order to replace the rooms of Edmonds Hall. Though the green space in front currently looks like more of a brown space, the brick and granite façade came together nicely over the summer, and the rooms have all taken shape.