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The commuter lounge recently switched from being under the control of the Student Activities to the Jean Yawkey Center (JYC). It is located on the third floor of Marian Hall.
Student activities underwent a transition in staff members and when the previous Assistant Director of Student Activities, Amma Marfo, left, the commuter lounge was transitioned to part of the JYC with Kevin Farrell, Director of Student Center Services, who works dually with student activities and the JYC.
Farrell felt that the commuter lounge should be under the supervision of the JYC because it is open much later than the rest of the campus, so they are better able to meet the needs of commuter students.
This year commuter town hall meetings were started, which provide students with an opportunity to voice their opinions and stay updated with what is going on with commuter life.
“We may not be able to fix everything but I’m not going to fix it if I don’t know if its broken. Letting me know what’s broken gives me the opportunity to work on trying to fix it or alter it or make it more satisfactory. If there’s a want for it we need to showcase a need for it,” said Farrell.
Farrell encourages students to get involved and make their voices heard so that the commuter lounge and life in general can be the best that it can be.
Marcos Teo ’20 is a commuter student from Waltham, MA who frequently uses the commuter lounge.
“[The Commuter Lounge] is very nice because it’s just another way to meet people that you already have something in common with,” said Teo.
The biggest concern right now is the size of the commuter lounge. There are about 600 commuters and the lounge is about the size of a small classroom, not nearly large enough for the entire population.
This is something that Meloee Nezaire ’20, President of the Commuter Advisory Board, is well aware of and wants to change.
“It’s a long term process we are working on. A lot of commuters have asked to personalize [the lounge but] the location is definitely temporary. We have so many commuters. We want more accessible times for commuters,” said Nezaire.
She continued to explain how a lot of events on campus are later at night when many commuters are not around, so she wants a push for there to be earlier events for commuters.
Some things may still be temporary for commuters, but the future of the commuter lounge looks very bright. The more commuters that get involved, the quicker change will come.
Hannah White ’20 is a Staff Writer for The Hub. She can be contacted at email@example.com.