No, we did not get to sample some new dining services concoction (although dining services did feed us quite well) and we did not lick the furniture a la David Sedaris. Last week our interior designer, Susie Fondrie of Uihlein-Wilson Architects
and her colleagues brought in a bevy of chairs for us to taste test. Over 40 Lawrence students, faculty and staff stopped in lower Brokaw to sit, spin and lounge on nearly two dozen chairs. Even though students selected all of the lounge furnishings a year ago, it was surprising how many additional chairs we need. Outside dining chairs, office desk chairs, side chairs, conference room chairs and event seating, when all of this is done we may well have one chair for every current Lawrence student. It would be great to know that we could have the entire student body in the Warch Campus Center, and everyone would have a seat. Surprisingly (a pleasant surprise), when all the votes were tallied, the favored chair for each purpose had the approval of 2/3 or more of the participants. We seem to know what we like when we see it.
As promised in an earlier blog, I will expand this space try to include information about various spaces and the possible uses of those spaces. Recently we have spent considerable time focusing on the new campus cinema located on level two. The 134-seat venue creates opportunities to increase film showings on campus, support the fledgling film studies curriculum and maybe offer late night entertainment for students on Friday and Saturday nights. The venue’s design creates a superior cinematic experience. No longer will Lawrence have to show campus films in a science lecture hall or a residence hall lounge. Moreover, what movie going experience would be complete without popcorn? In recent conversations, the idea for a movable food cart has floated around, something that would roll down to the cinema and provide popcorn and soda for the patrons. Maybe they will find room for my favorite movie treat, SnoCaps. In addition, we configured the room to accommodate more than film. The speakers are located at the front of the small performance space and additional input lines (microphone and other) are built-in meaning we can host lectures, panel discussions, small ensembles or multi-media performances with ease. Certainly, we will find other creative uses for this space and the flexibility built-in will allow us to make those things possible. It is great fun to imagine new and creative uses for all the new spaces in the Warch Campus Center.
Maybe soon, Chefs Julia or Bob will provide us a taste test of some of the treats they plan to serve in their new facilities. I have heard rumors of a secret new pizza crust recipe replete with a delicious new sauce.