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          Major work on LGBT Center completed

          Tyler Babcock

          Issue date: 8/27/10 Section: News
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          Although some students bemoaned the loss of study space when the center was officially announced in March, the center is open to all students regardless of sexual orientation.
          Although some students bemoaned the loss of study space when the center was officially announced in March, the center is open to all students regardless of sexual orientation.
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          With the surreptitious replacement
          and repositioning
          of a sign, the Lesbian Gay Bisexual
          Transgender (LGBT)
          Center in the west wing of the
          Thwing Center opened its doors
          on Monday.
          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
          significant additions.

          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.
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            Hithere

            posted 8/27/10 @ 6:30 PM EST

            I was wondering why the previous LGBT coordinator was fired over the summer...this story doesn't really mention it.

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