A student government subcommittee met Tuesday to discuss possible changes to the Student Activity Center.
The Student Activity Center Governing Board, an Associated Students of Madison committee, has the responsibility of allocating space and determining policies for student organizations that use the center.
According to SAC GB Chair Katie Cary, board members feel the building is currently used as a “quasi-library” rather than a community space for student organizations, as was intended upon the building’s creation through an ASM internship project more than ten years ago.
“They came up with this building plan and the idea was there were going to be these student organization offices in these cubby, garage-style offices, with ‘living room space’ where student orgs would come and collaborate with each other,” Cary said.
In the meeting, members discussed possible changes to the current atmosphere at the SAC, ranging from alternative furniture arrangements to a café serving coffee, snacks and sandwiches.
Cary said she hopes this project will allow the space to better serve its original purpose of showcasing student organizations, as well as create “an atmosphere that is similar to the union.”
The board hopes to create a concrete plan over the course of the semester by laying out specific initiatives for the future of the building.
“It’s something where we want to make sure we’re kind of tying the hands of future boards to take this on so that it doesn’t just get dropped off,” Cary said.