Three years ago, students piled into the Senior Commons to witness a ping-pong match between the two best senior players the school had to offer. The intensity was high, the energy was buzzing, and kids were riled up early during the school day.
Unfortunately, this scene will not re-occur as major renovations were made to the Senior Commons over the summer. Tables and chairs replaced the treasured ping pong table and low-sitting couches.
“The library has come to North Hall,” said Tyler Allen (’13). Many students seem to be frustrated with the work-oriented approach that has been applied to the new Commons. The question therein lies, what would students want to see differently about the Commons?
Jonathan Dyer (’13) said, “The Commons is a great concept. It’s a place for seniors to set a good example to younger students by doing work. But it has lost its true flavor.” Dyer hinted that a ping-pong table might be exactly what the Commons needs. A table was available in years past, but was removed because of its exclusivity and noise. However, with a small class, Bullis seniors feel like a ping-pong table gives students something to look forward to during the day, without all the noise. In the past, it has been a privilege that truly is unique to seniors. Some students approve of the work environment that its absence creates, but most students seem to think otherwise.
“It’s an expansion of the library,” said Idrienne Walker (’13). “There is nothing fun about it. There is no aspect of it that as an underclassman you would look forward to.” Students seem to be stirred by the lack of uniqueness and originality, which has been awarded to classes before them. However, it is an easy fix. Connor Mitton (’13) stated that, “some sort of entertainment would make the Commons a lot more unique to us as students. For example, if the projector were to have a TV program like ESPN rolling during the day, that would make students feel like they can come to the Commons to catch a break during the day.”
“A break” seems to be the main component missing from the Commons. Previously, the Commons was a place for students to get away from school life for a brief period of time and enjoy time with friends. The new Commons no longer provides that, with nothing but desks and chairs. Not exactly the most attractive option for seniors.
Seniors are not asking for a tiki bar, movie theater chairs, candy, and an arcade, although that would be nice. They just want a place that has a little uniqueness and class of ‘13 flavor.
Image courtesy of Josh Foreman
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