UVic Torch -- Spring 2004
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By MIKE MCNENEY


THE BEST SEATS ON CAMPUS MAY JUST BE THE 28 NEW ARMCHAIRS recently added to the main floor study space of the McPherson Library. The comfort zone is due in large part to the UVic Student Ambassadors Association, an affiliate of the UVic Alumni Association.

The students donated $15,000 to help pay for the high-grade black vinyl chairs and 10 cube tables. The library paid the balance of the furniture’s $21,000 total cost.

The chairs were rarely empty during the winter session and have proven to be so popular that even one of the students behind the project has rarely had an opportunity to try them out. “It was okay during the first week—I got to sit in one briefly,” says biology undergrad and SAA director Magnus MacNab.

But he’s not complaining.

“We were looking for a long-term gift to students,” says MacNab, adding that the 20 active members of the SAA—a service club affiliated with the UVic Alumni Association—hope the furniture helps to raise their group’s profile on campus.

The project was spearheaded by MacNab, SAA President Emerald Kim and Alumni Services manager Linda Nicoll. Most of the funds came from the SAA’s successful diploma frame and flower sales at convocation ceremonies.

The popularity of the new furniture is part of a larger trend at the library. “We’re noticing more and more people,” says Wendie McHenry, head of access services. Recent renovations have created a nice feel to the library’s main floor, and dozens of new computer stations have replaced the card catalogues of yesteryear.

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