Since its inception, GW has striven to expand and improve its image. With recent construction projects, landscaping and renovations, the beautification effort is obvious. I look forward to opportunities new buildings, facilities and improved technology will provide.
What concerns me is students’ loss of public space within buildings. The addition to the Marvin Center, for example, will eliminate or reduce some of the space in the lobbies of the second and third floors. GW needs more of these areas where students can study, meet, rehearse and even put on performances.
Most universities have much more space dedicated to student activities and needs. Student groups can only expand and thrive if they have the facilities to do so. GW needs more spaces that are versatile, more places dedicated to student performing arts and more studying areas.
Almost all of the Marvin Center addition will either be for the bookstore or the new ballroom. I propose that GW enclose part of the planned fifth floor roof garden in glass to expand the lobby on that floor and provide students with more versatile space, and make the Marvin Center a student union that truly caters to the students.