Major work on LGBT Center completed
Issue date: 8/27/10 Section: News
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of a sign, the Lesbian Gay Bisexual
Center in the west wing of the
Thwing Center opened its doors
The opening, originally projected
for late March when renovations
began in early February,
was pushed back to April, then
to "Spring 2010," an estimate
that was still displayed on the
sign outside the entrance late into the summer. Renovations
of the space are not yet finished,
with the Hart Crane Reading
Room (formerly the Hitchcock
Lounge) in particular still expecting
But with students returning to
campus, the space, for the first
time since January, was once
again available to students.
The renovations have modernized
and brightened a formerly
secluded and out-of-fashion
area of the Thwing Center.
Bamboo flooring, soft lighting,and pale yellow walls create a pleasing aesthetic more reminiscent of The Village than a standard university common area. Signs of the renovation are still showing - the LGBT library, a key piece of the project, remains visibly non-existent due to hang-ups over security concerns for the library material, and the lamps still have a manufacturer's tag attached to the cords - but the major work is finished.
"I think we have one of the most beautiful LGBT centers in the United States," said interim center coordinator Liz Roccoforte. "The response is overwhelmingly positive to the renovation and recreation of the physical space."
Roccoforte will oversee the center for the 2010-11 school year. With the help of two student assistants, Roccoforte hopes to keep the center staffed for a significant portion of Thwing's operating hours, leaving the study spaces, kitchenette, and bathrooms available to all students late into the night.