An opinion on the soon to come Johnson Sanford Center
By Natalie Beale
Come fall, there will be some major changes on campus, mainly around Downing Street. For students, the greatest of these changes will be the merging of Johnson and Sanford Halls into the “Johnson Sanford Center” (or “JSC”) with “improvements” to the Fuller Quadrangle.
Students have received a few emails detailing the changes, and the Residential Life and Housing pages on the Clark website state that “the end result will be a large mixed class residential center with ammenities (sic) similar to those found in recently renovated Wright and BullockHalls.
The Johnson Sanford Center will feature new social, study, and multimedia lounge spaces; new improved Laundry facilities; an outdoor Roof Terrace, and elevator access to all levels.”
The website hops confusingly between present and past tense, such as “The Johnson Sanford Center is only a minute walk from the the Kneller Athletic Center” or “The Johnson Sanford Center Hall will feature shared common space,” indicating the suddenness with which these renovations are happening. This was evident in the confusing housing lottery this year that left some students with only the expensive Blackstone Hall from which to choose. (At this juncture I will take the opportunity to say that “Blackstone Hall” sounds like the home of an evil aristocrat with very pointy canines).
There are no doubt welcome improvements in the changes to Johnson and Sanford, particularly elevators for improved accessibility, as well as updated laundry facilities – the machines in Johnson’s basement have broken more than once. Continue reading