Helland Center gets a make-over

By LC Hood

Study areas:

The Helland Center provides students with places to relax and study on all three floors. The first floor is to accommodate larger groups of students who wish to meet in large study groups or just want a place to socialize between classes while enjoying the convenience store and the soon-to-be Juice Bar. Students on the second floor can enjoy the new seating arrangements which look over the floor below. The third floor is the designated study area for students, with chairs faced to the window viewing Loring Park.

“It’s comfortable and quiet,” said MCTC student Alexa Lindah. There are also study carrels that are like those on the first floor of the Science building.

“Students really like them, so we thought we’d bring some over here,” said President Davis.


Conference room:

There are four conference rooms (two on the second floor and one each on the first and third floor) where students clubs can use the space for student club activities. Room H.2902 can be requested up to 48 hours in advance, while requests for other rooms can be put in up to a week in advance.

“We have already had small groups [of] students in the room doing some studying,” said Tara Martinez Student Life Coordinator.



On the third floor across from the Boynton Health Clinic, 160 lockers in total are available free of rent for the entire semester to students. Students are responsible for providing their own locks.

“The lockers are big enough to stash away personal belonging or books,” said Martinez. For more information about the lockers visit the information desk on the second floor.


Recreation Room:

The recreation room located on the first floor next to the Juice Bar is open to students who wish to check out classic home games while they wait in between classes. Games like Uno, chess, checkers, and Battleship will be available to students at no cost.

“Students will give us their student ID for insurance purpose,” said Mark Newton, recreation room attendant. “If pieces or games are missing students will be charged.”

So far Uno has been the most rented out game. There is no time limit within the day a student can rent.

“One guy rented out Uno real early in the morning and brought it back right before we closed,” said Newton.

The recreation room is open between 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday. The recreation room will give students the opportunities to rent outdoor sporting equipment such as soccer balls, Frisbees, and basketballs to be used in Loring Park during spring and fall.


Multi Purpose room:

The multi purpose room features two floors with an A/V control room on the second floor balcony. It has a two-door entrance leading out to Loring Park.
President Davis said, “We wanted a space that would interest students.”

The multi purpose room will be open to have more student activities. It’s dedicated to students who wish to hold events different from the theater room in the fine arts building.

“I like the possibilities that we can use the multi purpose room for,” said Martinez. “We can do yoga, mediation, dance, movies, concerts, [and] guest speakers.” The multi purpose room should be open sometime in February.


Juice Bar:

The Juice Bar will provide healthier food and beverage options that have been requested by students.  According to Jeffrey Johnson, General Manager of Sodexo, the Juice Bar will offer different choices that are not in the cafeteria plaza and Josephine Café.

Sushi will be available Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, according to Johnson. On the menu will be a range of fruit and mega smoothies, meal replacements, fresh squeezed juice, and ice crush chillers. There will be a calorie breakdown of each drink provided at the Juice Bar. The opening of the Juice Bar is to be determined.

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