TLC for the King’s Wardroom

The King’s Wardroom got a mini-makeover this summer, proving a little TLC can go a long way.
Alex Bryant, president of the King’s Students’ Union (KSU), is extremely pleased with the renovations. He said the work would not have been so successful without the help of the facilities department.
Facilities installed Ethernet cables, which means no more dial up debit machines. They also brought in a new lock for the liquor lock up, relocated the giant speakers that were by the Galley and installed new light bulbs. New iPads were also installed to allow for a new point of sale system.

(Photo: Bryn Karcha)
(Photo: Bryn Karcha)

“We’re super, super grateful for the work (facilities) did,” Bryant said.
With the help of students the walls were painted, new chairs were bought for five dollars apiece and an old fire door was taken down.
Earlier this year, a student asked the KSU about accessibility. The fire door was never accessible. If someone needed to use the elevator, they’d be stuck behind the locked fire door until someone saw them.
When the union asked facilities to take it down, they said it was no problem.
“I’m really proud of that,” Bryant said. “We physically broke down a barrier for students.”
He added, “We’ve been working with those students to figure out what other doors on campus are keeping them from attending events.”
Jen Nowoselski, hospitality coordinator for the KSU, is also pleased with the renovations.
“I feel like things came together really quickly; we decided we wanted to paint and a week after we started painting,” she said.
The Wall of Women, which was put up last year, will be back up on the walls soon.
The Day Student Society is organizing for a working piano to go in the wardroom. Colleen Earle, a fifth year student at King’s, has mixed feelings about the renovations.
“Every year since I’ve got here, and since before I got here, the renovations were going to happen next year,” she said.
Earle is referring to a planned gutting of the wardroom. This major renovation is going to be taken care of by the Advancement Office and is currently in the process of being funded.
“It would’ve have been nice if we got something that was going to be permanent instead of something they’re going to get rid of,” Earle continued.
The major renovations continue to be postponed. For now, students will have to be content with this summer’s sprucing-up.
“It’s not a huge adjustment but it’s enough to brighten up the place a little bit,” Nowoselski said.

By David J. Shuman

David is the current editor-in-chief of The Watch and writes on student issues and events. Find him on Twitter: @DavidJShuman

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