NEWBERRY — Many things can be found on a college campus: students studying for exams, professors preparing for lectures, or even friends sitting down for a meal in the cafeteria.
Something you can now find on the Newberry College campus is a place for students to relax, escape from the frustrations of school work, and enjoy themselves.
The college recently opened two new centers to help students relax during their busy day and have a cup of coffee, play a game or socialize with friends.
In late September, the Ecogrounds coffee shop opened in Kaufmann Hall. With specialty drinks and foods for sale, the shop also features expanded hours so students and staff can get something to eat when the cafeteria isn’t open.
Ecogrounds is open from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, and 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sundays.
Ecogrounds offers feature drinks every two months with flavors that correlate with the season.
Manager Sarah Brown said this is a great way to provide variety so students want to come back and see what’s new to try.
“We try to aim towards the wants of the students. The drinks we offer appeal to a wide array of likes and preferences,” Brown said. “The cookies and crème javalanch, caramel macchiato, and white mocha have been really popular lately.”
Brown said business has been steady and students have really been taking advantage of a space to relax and socialize in between classes.
“I go in between classes to sit down and do homework while I drink a coffee and relax,” said junior Rachel Simmons. “It’s convenient for busy students.”
Another place for students is the game room, which opened in late September. Overseen by coordinator of student engagement and leadership Angelo Geter, the game room features two large couches, a pool table, game systems, an X-Box, an air hockey table, three TVs, and a Nintendo Wii.
Having opened the same weekend as Ecogrounds, the game room has also been seeing impressive numbers of students coming in and out in between classes to relax and play a game or two to take a break from homework.
The game room is open Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 12 p.m. to midnight. Geter says the game room is busiest from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. every day.
“The purpose of the game room is to provide another outlet for students outside of the classroom to relax and have fun,” Geter said. “It’s a great place with great furniture and a calm atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of the campus.”