Johns Hopkins University has consciously—and sometimes creatively—set aside areas for student relaxation and socialization in recent years. There are popular café spaces in the Brody Learning Commons and Undergraduate Teaching Labs, a new late-night entertainment venue called The LaB, and colorful chairs playfully arranged on Homewood campus quads. But none of those spaces has satisfied the need for a true student center, a nonacademic, campus social space for students. At long last, the wait for such a space is over.
On March 5, at a special event held on the Beach, President Ronald J. Daniels announced to a crowd of several hundred students that the university intends to move forward with plans to build a student center at Homewood. The facility, made possible through fundraising and generous philanthropic support, will be a home for all Hopkins students, tailored to their needs and shaped by their input.
“As the needs of our student body have evolved, so has the desire for a different and dedicated student center taken hold,” Daniels wrote in a message to the Hopkins community Tuesday night. “This will be a new kind of space for us—one that is not academically focused, but entirely social by design. … It will be a site to which everyone lays equal claim and from which everyone benefits.”
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