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Game room adds new life to cheap fun

Sept. 25, 2003

By Lauren Giles, reporter

Student Union directors are working to improve the Bill Daniel Student Center facilities to 'spare' students from 'striking out' in the search for cheap entertainment. Scott Wade, director of Student Union, will take charge of the grand reopening of the Baylor Game Room and Bowling Alley from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday in the lower level of the student center.

'This grand reopening is to celebrate and introduce to students the various changes we have made in the Baylor Game Room that we think have made this space more appealing for [students] to use throughout the coming year,' Wade said.

The game room renovations are a first step toward creating a more aesthetically pleasing environment for students in the lower level of the student center. The room recently got new paint, furniture and games, including shuffleboard, foosball and darts.

Chili's Too@BU will provide chips and salsa and other free food such as pizza, wings and drinks for anyone who attends Friday's event.

Men's basketball head Coach Scott Drew will speak about the upcoming basketball season and answer students' questions.

Contests will be held throughout the night with prizes ranging from gift certificates from local businesses to a free two-hour game room party.

'One of our goals for the future of this game room is that Baylor organizations will use it for events because it is cheap and easily accessible for students to plan parties and mixers here,' Wade said.

A new addition to the game room is the acceptance of BearBucks, so students won't have to rifle through their pockets to find spare change for games. There are also spring semester plans to install a small snack bar downstairs that will stay open until 12 p.m. for late-night bowlers.

'As a freshman, I didn't use the student center as often because I lived on campus, but now that my apartment is far away, I visit the union all day. It's a nice place to spend my breaks,' Jenny Spain, a Dallas senior, said.

Wade is currently working on a project to hire a team of students to form a Student Union Advisory Board, which will provide feedback from students on the game room renovations and represent the Student Union to the Baylor Activities Council.

'The Student Union Advisory Board is a way for us to get that feedback and hear the student voice for critique in what we are doing,' Wade said.

The center is open until midnight every night, and students should be able to occupy the building as if it were their own living room.

'Although I wont be at Baylor much longer, it would be nice to see more student support of the union,' Bridget Payne, a Houston senior said.