By Ariana Afzali and Christian Arrendondo
Since its grand opening on Jan. 18, the new Student Services Building (SSB) has been frequented and utilized by students, staff and faculty alike.
One can expect to interact with smiling employees who are on standby in order to welcome visitors and offer guidance in navigating the new building.
However, getting familiar with the SSB has its ups and downs for both students and faculty members.
When comparing the CLA building with the SSB, students and faculty acknowledged the openness, ease of access and organization of the new building.
Cesar Liceaga, a fourth-year psychology student, said the new building looked better than other buildings on campus, but it will still take some time getting used to.
“I definitely enjoy the thrill when walking into the new building since this building is more pleasing to the eye compared to other buildings,” he said. “It’s a little hard to navigate but the smiling employees make it easier to get around.”
Sandy Parker, a faculty member from the admissions and outreach department, commented on the improvements SSB has to offer.
“I think the building was created specifically for students,” she said. “There are interactive maps students can use and there are color-coded sections that pertain to a specific area in the building, and many of the departments have been grouped to offer quick one-stop services.”
Others had different views about the new building.
Ashley Perez, a second-year chemistry student, said she likes the new building but thinks there are areas to be improved upon.
“I understand the reasoning behind the SSB being more appealing than the CLA building, but the new building lacks seating for students, and it lacks recreational space,” she said.
“I think it’s a bit empty in terms of its space and long hallways, but I think it’s an upgrade, as the CLA seemed more damp and dull,” said Isaac Garcia, a third-year computer science student.
Only time will tell if the building lives up to its expectations.
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