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St. Joe’s Basement Refurbishment is Unveiled

Students living on campus may have noticed some big changes going on, and not just at the former site of Julie Hall. This past week was the unveiling of the St. Joe’s Hall Basement refurbishment.

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The walls of the underground space have received a new coat of paint to match Emmanuel’s newly revamped blue and gold color scheme. The furniture has been replaced with a variety of tables including high, low and long for group activities. There are more comfortable seating options available as well, in the form of arm chairs set up around the TV.

The kitchen has remained largely untouched, however, and one of the biggest changes to the space was the addition of a stage.

In Spring 2016, after a semester-long review of student life at Emmanuel, a 44-student Task Force on Student Life recommended that the College develop better programming space,” said Dr. Patricia Rissmeyer. “The St. Joe’s basement was identified as a top priority for renovation. With the help of an architect, the Emmanuel College Facilities, Student Activities and Residence Life Departments, the Office of the Treasurer, and the President and Vice President of the Student Government, the College reviewed the program needs and developed a plan for renovation.

The space was created to be versatile, with easily movable new furniture that can be reconfigured to serve any event purposes. 

Rissmeyer feels the space “can be utilized for study as well a social and educational programming – open mic nights, coffee houses, karaoke, board game nights, grocery bingo, residence hall/student organization suppers, lectures, receptions, championship professional game events etc.

If clubs want to use the space for events on campus or meetings, The Basement can be reserved via ECLearn like any other on campus space.

Gina Gallagher is a Staff Writer for The Hub. She can be contacted at and on Twitter @ginaagallagher.

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