New 24-Hour Student Lounge Opens in Swint Hall

  WJU Communications
  Thursday, February 22, 2018 11:44 AM
  WJU News, Student Services

Wheeling, WV

Wheeling Jesuit students have a new 24-hour lounge that has quickly become the main place for students to study, play video games and simply hang out.

After months of renovations, the Student Government Association opened the lounge on Super Bowl weekend. The new lounge is located on the second floor of Swint Hall near Troy Theater.lounge-web-3.jpg

“We have worked hard to improve communication and partnerships with student leadership in an effort to show them, in a tangible way, that their input is valuable, necessary, and critically important.  This lounge is a real an example of that effort. Students needed a place of their own on campus, outside of the residence halls and the dining room, and the lounge is a place available to them 24 hours a day. The Student Government Association was instrumental in making this fantastic new space a reality.  The students appreciate the lounge and are already making very good use of it,” said Dan Dentino, vice president of Student Services and Mission Identity.

lounge-1-web.jpgAccording to Josh Steenbock, secretary/treasurer of SGA, students are taking great advantage of the new lounge, which features a video gaming center, arcade machines, a Touch Tunes jukebox, vending machines, study tables and bean bags.

“Students did much of the work themselves – from painting to wiring the gaming center. SGA has heard nothing but positive comments about the new lounge. During the grand opening, we had a lot of students who came out to watch the Super Bowl and see the lounge,” Steenbock explained.

Maddie Davin, junior class president and a self proclaimed lounge enthusiast, said she has been in the lounge just about everyday since it opened.

lounge-web-2.jpg“This is a great place for night owls, like me, to come and do homework and not be interrupted. The coffee shop and library aren’t open as late. The lounge provides a great atmosphere for students whether you’re studying or just hanging out,” Davin added.

The lounge also features photos of students and the campus, as well as tributes to the students who painted and worked to bring the area to life. 

“The 24-hour Lounge was a priority for the Office of Student Life and we called on students to help by lending their talents to the project. Students picked up paint brushes and got to work. Freshman McKinley Fodness used his artistic talents to draw murals in the room, making it extra special for all who visit the area. These students selflessly spent nights and weekends painting and cleaning the room up – they are true examples of our mission to be men and women in service to others,” said Puddy Agans, director of Student Life and Leadership. 

“The legacy of this room will be the many people who worked so hard to make it happen,” Steenbock said.

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