Student Groups Begin Meetings With Architect to Discuss Lower Sproul Renovation

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Beginning Tuesday, student groups will meet throughout the week with the executive architect of the Lower Sproul Plaza renovation project as a way for project leaders to gauge students' ideas for the new design.

The renovation is in a programming phase during which the architecture firm Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners will meet with student organizations to discuss what students need in the space and how they can organize it to serve the entire student community, according to former Graduate Assembly President Miguel Daal.

"We're focusing on people who use Lower Sproul, people who don't use Lower Sproul and wish they could and people who don't use Lower Sproul and don't know that they want to use Lower Sproul," Daal said.

He added that the interviews would be organized by the 17 panels composed of student groups with different themes, such as sciences, student publications or visual and performing arts.

Within each panel, roughly seven groups were selected based on their time on campus, the students the group serves and whether it is an undergraduate or graduate group.

ASUC President Noah Stern said a senator was assigned to each undergraduate group to contact the group leaders and organize an interview slot with the architecture firm to make sure the updated Lower Sproul Plaza will reflect the wants and needs of a broad range of students.

Waleed Abed, Lower Sproul communications coordinator for the Graduate Assembly, contacted the leaders of graduate student groups for interview times.

"It sounds like a very simple task, but it's actually very complicated," Stern said. "We have to make sure we're getting a good cross section of students ... so we had to structure the interviews to make sure we had a lot of say and put a lot of thought and preparation to make sure people were available."

Allie Bidwell is the lead student government reporter. Contact her at [email protected]

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