Former FedEx Kinkos space unoccupied

Plans for the bottom floor of the Marvin Center are still in limbo, with no definite proposals for what the space, formerly occupied by a FedEx Kinkos and a computer lab, will become.

According to a University administrator, the space is being used temporarily for meetings and storage, but that may change later this academic year.

“The University is developing plans that will maximize space in the Marvin Center for student space and services for students,” said Michael Peller, assistant vice president for events and venues.

For now, Peller said the former FedEx Kinkos space is being used as meeting space that can be reserved through the Marvin Center’s central reservation office. The computer lab space is temporarily being used by the GWorld Card Office until the GWorld 2.0 project is complete, he said.

University spokeswoman Michelle Sherrard said there was no real fixed cost on either space at this time since both are being used to occupy people or store supplies.

She said the GWorld 2.0 project will be finished by the end of the year, but the use of the space after that is still undecided.

As for the FedEx Kinkos space, students will be able to reserve it for organization meetings and it will remain for this specific use until a permanent purpose for the space is decided, Sherrard said.

Last fall, The Hatchet reported that FedEx Kinkos decided not to renew its contract with the University, which expired in July 2009, and that the GWorld office would move to the ground floor of the Marvin Center. Currently, students and staff still utilize the GWorld office space on the fifth floor of the building.

At the end of the spring semester, the computer lab closed. At the end of August, the nearby Ticketmaster location on the ground floor was also removed, but that has been relocated to Lisner Auditorium.

Students attending GW while the FedEx Kinkos and lab were in use had mixed reactions to the changes.

Sophomore Taylor Sandelius said the computer lab in the Marvin Center was a waste of space, and she is glad the space is now available for meetings.

“I find the plan for the new space for student services a much better idea,” Sandelius said. “It is terribly hard to try to find rooms that are available for clubs, so this is a great idea.”

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