New Look For T.V. Lounge


Desiree Lara
Staff Reporter

There has never really been much enthusiasm about the atmosphere of the Student Center’s personal TV Lounge, including both the look and initial feel of it.
Not too long ago, the lounge consisted only of a few one-seated chairs lined up along the wall, maybe a white trash can or two, and of course the television set hanging lonely high upon a wall. Not too many students paid much attention to the TV Lounge, much less the TV itself.
“This should be a place where students can hang out and study together,” said CCC student Kareem Thompson.

“It’s very quiet. Too spacious,” adds freshman Aaron Jackson. “Something with a coffee table would be good. Books rather. There’s like an echo in here.”
But just recently, the lounge has completely turned over a new leaf. Now clad with a green design of new furniture, coffee tables, table stands, and rugs, the lounge seems to give out that sense of invitation and comfort that was so heavily lacking in the past.
This all began when executive director of Student Life and Campus Services, Joseph Hibbs, realized that there was a feedback of dissatisfaction among the CCC students. The TV Lounge wasn’t being used quite as often as was originally intended, and this lack of attention brought Hibbs, as well as other members of the Student Life staff, to make the decision to redesign the lounge. “It’s so students can relax with friends and so the lounge can be utilized more,” mentioned Hibbs.
As the TV Lounge of the Student Center becomes more accommodating as time continues to pass, will the television sets attract the students as well?
Whether eating lunch in the cafeteria, or enjoying some personal time in the TV lounge, everyone savors the company of a television set. The Student Center contains about three flat-screen television sets, and come morning or late afternoon, they are always on and always ready to be watched. The question is, are students just as willing to watch what is being programmed on them?
Each television set is pre-set onto one certain channel, more specifically on news stations such as CNN, FOX, or MSNBC. Considering the majority age group of present CCC students, one might assume the news stations do not exactly win popular favor among the student body.
But each cloned TV set comes with good intention. Along with director of Student Life and Athletics, Kellie Slade, Hibbs explains that having the television sets on only the news channels is particularly for the benefit of the students.
“It’s to provide students with current events. It’s important to expose them to that. We made a decision to keep it educational and informative. We want students to be comfortable.”
For those students who might be interested in collecting current information from FOX News or CNN in the cafeteria, such a goal might be difficult to reach when it comes to the room’s sound levels. Some students might not even care about the television sets at all, much less the significance of the television stations.
“You notice it when there’s hardly anybody in there,” comments sophomore Carolyn Fisher, concerning the TV in the cafeteria. “You can hardly hear it. That’s why people forget it’s there. Since it’s usually loud in there, you’re not really paying attention to it.”
“We try to keep it educational, but channels can be changed to what might be of interest,” confirms Hibbs. “If there was some sort of special event, we’re able to switch it to closed circuit TV.”
So as the TV Lounge makes a brand new appearance in the Student Center among students, the news stations of the channels continue to stay the same. In the long run, or what is hoped to be accomplished by the lounge’s new design, students may feel more invited and more comfortable in its intended social setting, and hopefully, finally bring the students’ sights on the infamous television stations.

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