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
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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