South City Campus at 1575 S. State Street offers many study spots for students by providing various seating and table options.
The old South High portion of the campus has computer labs for student use. Often students study in the hallways adjacent their classroom, seated on the floor, or on built-in bench seats set into the wide corridors’ walls. It appears to be the perfect spot for that one hour before class.
The Center for Arts and Media portion of the campus opened fall 2013, and offers the most choices for study spots. GSBS Architects designed the addition and carefully considered the use of space for student use. As a result, students may find various table arrangements, private study rooms, lab spaces or comfortable lounge seating groupings.
The cafeteria seating area, called “The Forum” has tables and chairs for 75 people distributed across several stepped tiers. At lunch hour, the room may be filled with people, but after 3 p.m., the space is often clear. The space faces an outdoor courtyard that also features some tables and seating.
“I like studying in The Forum,” says Student Jay Norton. “The Forum is quiet. I like that the table has a plug too.”
Franz Servan, student in the Visual Art and Design program, prefers study areas that are isolated, such as the study rooms in the campus’ library.
“I like anywhere after 5 p.m., especially the isolated study rooms by the library,” says Servan. “There are not many people around. I like to study where it is quiet.”
South City Campus library has space with computer terminals, tables for those with laptops. There are even some lounge chairs alongside windows with a view to 1700 South. The library also has private study rooms for a more quiet experience.
Wide, open spaces throughout
On the second floor of the building, situated around the upper volume of the library, are some wide corridors with additional tables and chairs. Students are often found studying in those spots, and some vending machines nearby offer refreshments. Nearby is an outdoor patio with tables and seating as well, overlooking the building entrance from 1700 South.
Outside the library and bookstore on the first floor, but in the open areas along corridors are other seating and study options. One area is located adjacent the Mass Communication classrooms, and close to the RadioSLCC radio station, the Globe newspaper office, and the MCC-TV studios. It features three sofas, some lounge seating, and tables and chairs for 12 persons.
Amy Heaton, 1st year Nursing student, is taking her general education classes at South City Campus and particularly likes this space.
“I like the area [between the Mass Communication classrooms] because of the skylight. The space is open and lit from above,” says Heaton. “It feels like being outside, less claustrophobic.”
The Atrium space is a long wide corridor-like room with a two-story ceiling height, and inside are 10 tables with four seats each, four sofas and eight lounge chairs. Students are often found studying there throughout the day.
Adjacent the Atrium is an open computer lab situated between the Student Services, Advising and Financial Aid offices. 30+ computer stations and various table arrangements are available. Close to 60 students could study in this area, popular also for its close proximity to the South Side Express convenience shop.
Though open to them as well, faculty at South City Campus tend to not be found among all the seating options.
“I study in my office,” says Bryan Griggs, Associate Dean for the Visual Art and Design programs.
“I do administration work there and that’s where they tell me where I have to be,” added Griggs humorously.