Student organizations will lose Mt. Carmel offices

By on January 26, 2011

Starting this spring break, Quinnipiac’s student organizations will have to move from their offices and lockers in the Carl Hansen Student Center, and some won’t have another place to go.

The second floor hallway of the Carl Hansen Student Center will be cleared out during spring break, according to Director of the Student Center Daniel Brown, so all organizations will need to pack their things.

Greek life and the Student Programming Board, along with QU After Dark and Relay for Life, are expected to receive space in the Rocky Top Student Center.

Student media groups, including the Chronicle, Montage, Summit and Quinnipiac Bobcats Sports Network will gain space in the Chartwells trailer near the South Lot shuttle stop.

The rest of the student organizations that currently have shared offices in the Carl Hansen Student Center will no longer have office space on Quinnipiac’s campus.

Brown said that originally he was asked to clear everything out in April.

“For us to move this entire operation, it’s not something we could have done in April,” he said. “April is just a busy month. So we figured spring break, when the students are gone, is just a good time to be able to do it.”

WQAQ is expected to remain in its current space until commencement.

Q30 members, uncertain where they will end up after spring break, were particularly worried about the news because of the large amount of equipment they will have to move. Kristen Swartz, general manager of Q30, was taken aback when she heard the news.

“This meant that the better half of the spring semester would go towards concentrating on the move, instead of some of the important tasks that need to be done for Q30,” she said.

Brown said that the trailer will have more than enough room, and that the Chronicle would actually have more space than it does now. He said that the biggest obstacles would include moving Q30’s equipment and losing meeting space SC213, since several other meeting rooms are already unavailable. He said that if everything goes according to plan, construction should be completed by January 2012.

Student Government Association President Louis Venturelli said that while the move may inconvenience some students for a short time, it had to be done because of the construction schedule.

“It had to happen either way,” he said. “And once it is done students will benefit from having resources like the Student Center offices centralized in one location.”

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  1. Seth

    January 26, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    What’s happening to WQAQ after commencement? The school built them a new studio only 5 or 6 years ago. Will that be getting dismantled? Where will they broadcast from in September?

  2. Matt Cip

    January 26, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    WQAQ won’t be effected by the construction this semester. Beyond that I don’t believe anything is definite.

  3. Seth

    January 26, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Nothing definite? Oh dear. The administration scares me when there’s “nothing definite.” That’s when they start making really bad decisions.

    • Matt Cip

      January 27, 2011 at 7:08 am

      Well there are no plans to move them, at any rate.

  4. Gloria

    January 26, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Is anybody else a little pissed here? They have like 10 active construction projects going on right now, hell, the York Hill Campus is only half finished! Can’t they just finish one thing before starting five other projects? The student center hallway upstairs is literally the most frequently used hallway on the entire campus for student organizations that have offices there. And they are going to block it off for a year, and then it will be redone or moved and it won’t even be any better. Good thinking, QU administration.

  5. Michael

    January 27, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    It seems that the school, in an effort to update its facilities, has lost track of some of its most important organizations that require ample space to perform its basic tasks, like Q30. Student television is an important tool for educating the student body about campus events (including broadcasting the weekly SGA meetings, unless that has changed as well since I’ve departed QU). Without the space to digitize video footage for broadcast through the Q30 office equipment, there will be no station. I hope and pray that Quinnipiac can and will find a quick and reasonable solution to this frightening problem that will disrupt Q30’s broadcasts as little as possible.