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Video arcade in LaFun to be renovated

Ann-Marie Woods | Wednesday, November 11, 2009

In an effort to use space in LaFortune more efficiently, the Student Activities Office is working with the Council of Representatives (COR) and the student body to renovate the video arcade space in the basement of the building. 

Ryan Willerton, director of Student Activities Facilities, introduced a video arcade renovation survey, available to students, faculty and staff, which will help the renovation committees decide how to best use the space.

“One of our highest priorities is for just general social space,” Willerton said.  “We want to make sure any available space is for the students.”

Prompted by significant water damage and the video arcade room’s lack of use, a renovation committee will be created to restructure the space.

Student input is important in the renovation process and the survey will be a valuable mechanism for assessing the needs of the student body for the space, Willerton said.

Possible suggestions for the 24-hour space are seating for dining, study space or an all-purpose lounge. Willerton encourages all students to fill out the survey on the Student Activities Office Web site to submit ideas.

The survey cand be found at http://sao.nd.edu/venues/lafortune/index.shtml

In other COR news:

Steve Camilleri, executive director of the Center for the Homeless in South Bend, extended an invitation at the COR meeting to all Notre Dame students to the Center’s annual holiday luncheon, held on Dec. 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Century Center. 

“The luncheon is intended to educate the community and raise dollars for the Center for the Homeless,” Chief Development Officer Taya Groover explained.  “We are asking organizations, dorms and groups to purchase tables and be a part of this event.”

Tables are $400 and individual tickets are $50.  Student tickets are offered for a discounted price of $25.

“You are invited to take on some aspect of what we are doing there, through internships, research or volunteering,” Camilleri said. “200 people live there and they need your help.”