Some students tested furniture for the new Anderson Student Center Wednesday and gave feedback on what they liked.
Gaming, dance and banquet chairs and couches were among the furniture items tested from noon to 4:30 p.m. in the Blue Lagoon. Students can test the furniture again from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, and they can also take a survey about their preferences after testing the furniture.
Mary Ann Ryan, executive director of campus and residence life, said, “There will be 3,000 pieces of furniture in the Anderson Student Center, and so we want students to test out some of the furniture that’s going to be in the center and give us some feedback on it.”
Junior Meg Veitenheimer said she enjoyed testing the furniture.
“I appreciate this,” Veitenheimer said. “I think it’s a good idea to have more student involvement with decisions.”
Sophomore Katie Bromback said she liked the options.
“I think they’re really cool. A lot of them are really different than what we have now, so that’s awesome,” she said. “From what I’ve felt so far they seem pretty comfy and kind of funky.”
Ryan said a similar furniture testing was done when Flynn Hall was built. Flynn Hall was originally named Selby Hall and was dedicated in 2005.
“It’s just something we like to do when we’re building space that we know students are going to use,” Ryan said.
Junior Matthew Davidson said his favorite piece of furniture was the dance chair.
“I like to dance, so any furniture in the dance studio is nice,” he said.
Many students chose a green gaming chair as their top pick, which could impact the number of those types of chairs in the center, Ryan said.
“Most students have loved the green chair for our gaming area, so we were originally going to get two,” Ryan said. “So if we get enough positive student feedback, we will swap out some other chairs that we might have had and get more of these and fewer of something else.”
Davidson said, “It is kind of cool to have a say as far as what they’re going to eventually put in and get a little preview of it.”
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