Dorm rooms and lounges have been converted into temporary offices for many student organizations as their permanent offices located on the second floor of Mary Graydon Center are renovated.
Psychological services, Learning services, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, ATV and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Ally Resource Center are now located in the terrace of Letts. Newly located in the terrace of Anderson are the offices of Student Activities, the Student Confederation, the Graduate Student Association, the Eagle, the Talon and Greek society.
Mindy Michels, coordinator of the GLBTA, said she is pleased with the organization of the moving process, and is happy about the new location. "Things have been great in the new office," Michels said. "Gary Wright went above and beyond, making sure everything worked and that we could hit the ground running."
Antonio Gutierrez, student assistant at the OMA is not as pleased with the less visible location. "It's awkward. It's going to take a little time to get used to. We're not as visible as we should be," Gutierrez said. "But besides that, it's working out okay, better than I thought."
The new site offers increased visibility for the Student Union Board. "Not as many students got to see us, and now they can," Rachael Tobias, chair of marketing and publishing for SUB, said.
The Kennedy Political Union and SUB are now sharing an office space, an arrangement that did not seem to be a problem for either party.
"So far everything is working out well," Joel Sanchez-Cornielle, KPU co-director said. "[The office] is great, it's cozier, like a department," Tobias said.
The process of moving required a lot of work and most organizations are happy to be settled in. "We're back up to speed," James Abbott, account specialist for Student Activities, said. "[It was] a little chaotic during the move, but we're fine now."
The hassles associated with the moving process forced some small sacrifices for the benefits that renovating the Mary Graydon Center will have for the future.
"I find the offices to be very conducive to our current situation and I know that in the long run the renovation will benefit the students and faculty at AU," Kevin Malecek, Speaker of the General Assembly, said.