Pacific Campus offers opportunities despite lack of student center

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Photo by Evan Ludes/ The Gateway Dodge Campus boasts loads of events and activities with its Student Center, while Pacific Campus must provide alternative opportunities for students
Photo by Evan Ludes/ The Gateway
Dodge Campus boasts loads of events and activities with its Student Center, while Pacific Campus must provide alternative opportunities for students

By Blake Dickinson, Contributor

As the UNO’s campus has grown over the last decade, the south campus has played an increasingly important role in the development of student involvement. With the addition of the arena and other planned facilities on the future Center Campus, this role will become even more vital.
“A lot of activities will progressively move south,” said Tyler Micek, who is in his first year as Resident Manager of Scott Campus housing. “With the addition of the arena, there will be a lot more happening in closer proximity to us.”
Since this middle campus does not currently have its own student center or a similar designated place for students to congregate, playing a more centralized part in the university will help increase activity across campus boundaries.
Residents of Scott Campus say that the place most often used to spend time with peers is at the Scott Café.
“The café is a great place for communication,” Don Hinman, a junior business finance major, said. The students that eat here are able to see each other multiple times a day and build great relationships.”
The campus also has several hang-out options that get plenty of use depending on the weather.
“When it’s nice out there are always people playing basketball and sand volleyball,” said Micek. He also pointed out that Scott Hall has three different themed lounges and that each building in Scott Court has its own lounge.
Congregating on the Scott Campus is a challenge that can be overcome, but having many university activities such as athletic events, Maverick Productions events or various fairs happening on the Dodge Campus can pose a barrier for many students having to travel.
Micek’s solution to this possible issue is simple: “The biggest thing you have to remember is that if students want to get involved, they’ll get involved. Our job is just to supply them with the opportunities and resources to do so.”
“The shuttle ride doesn’t really bother me,” sophomore bioinformatics major Mark Peters said. “If I want to go to a soccer game, see a speaker at Milo Bail or just relax in the hot tub at HPER, it only takes ten minutes to get there.”

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