By Colin Froment – News Editor
President Michael Alexander cut the ribbon of the new Science and Technology Center (STC) on October 31 outside the building’s main entrance. Students and staff were able to witness the ceremonial ribbon, signifying the grand opening to the community.
The ceremony included speeches from the president and SGA President James Rossano. Complimentary snacks and sparkling apple cider were offered during the event. Following the ribbon cutting, the doors officially opened and everyone present was able to walk in and explore the new designs the building presented.
Vice President of Student Affairs Diane Austin was thrilled at the chance to commemorate the grand opening. “Any time we as a community have a chance to celebrate, we should capture those moments,” said Austin. “Opening up this gorgeous academic facility is a milestone for this institution.”
“Overall [the ceremony] is a great opportunity for students to get a firsthand look at the building,” said Rossano.
The design of the new building was primarily overseen by Michael Hoyle, Vice President of Administration and Finance. Hoyle hopes that based on the attendance at the ceremony, students would enjoy the learning environment that he has worked so hard to implement. “I’m hopeful that the building will live up to its promise of really providing a teaching tool and provide the best learning environment,” Hoyle said.
After exploring inside the STC for the first time, students were optimistic to start classes now that the long period of construction came to a close. “It’s really cool that they have new science and technology equipment since that was something that Lasell was lacking before,” said junior Samantha Beneski. “It’s nice to see this before I graduate.”
Senior Brian Ducas said the building is “a step up from the [modulars]” and also hopes that new features such as air conditioning will be implemented soon. Rossano mostly looks forward to utilizing the building’s latest resources and the unlimited access the students have to them.
“I’d like to think the world is smiling on this moment today,” said Austin. “Certainly here in Auburndale, this is a very, very special moment.”
The STC opened classes the following day on November 1, and new additions to the building, such as Starbucks and an updated Donahue Bookstore, and Information Technology Help Desk, opened throughout the following weeks.