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The new building on the block

Students using the new space after a busy day

Students using the new space after a busy day

By Dikachi Osaji Features Editor

With the 2013-2014 school year underway, Mercersburg is still celebrating the arrival of new students, faculty and facilities on the campus. After spending the last school year walking around construction, the Mercersburg community is enthusiastic about the opening of the Simon Student Center. This long awaited addition has changed the atmosphere of student social interactions on campus. In addition to the larger school store and post office, the Simon Student Center also boasts the offices of the duty dean, head of student activities and outdoor education as part of the new building. The most anticipated addition to the student center is the updated True Blue Café. The new grill serves a variety of food and drinks, from smoothies to artisanal pizzas. When asked about the new snack options, Margarita Fedorova ‘14 said, “The smoothies are good and the space is comfortable. Plus, I really like the rolling chairs.” Aesthetically, the building has floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto the north side of campus, facing the mountains. There are phrases and words written on the walls that represent life at Mercersburg like, “Pretzel Pie” and “Blue Storm.” Another new introduction

this year is the Blue Card, which acts like a debit card and allows students to buy items from the school store and café. The technology is also awe-inspiring; with a new M4 cinema, projectors and flat screen televisions, it’s hard to miss anything that’s on TV. With all the new changes, some may wonder what happened to the old patterns and traditions that made students love LoFo? Well, the Simon Student Center remains the place where students hang out during their free time to catch up with friends or just to get away from the fast pace of academic life. Lower Ford is a part of Mercers- burg history; students this year get to ring in a new era. The grand opening of the Simon Student Center was officially celebrated this past Friday, with benefactor Ms. Deborah Simon in attendance and the LoCash Cowboys providing the music in a live concert. Once the events of the weekends have become part of Mercersburg history, the question on most people’s minds may be what to call our new favorite place on campus: SciLo? LoFo? How about the Simon Student Center?

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