After a little over three years since the destruction of University Center Version II at the University of Memphis, University Center III opened this week amidst great excitement.
Many who voiced concerns over costs and the necessity of replacing UC II likely will change their minds after touring the new UC. "This is so much cooler than anyone imagined," stated sophomore Christina Holloway as she worked on her coursework in the comfortable, yet studiously designed Technology Center. The former UC was a place where students could hold book sales, buy books, play pool and lounge, yet most of the building was generally off limits or inaccessible to most students.
The new UC is loaded with amenities that all students can enjoy. There are countless places to eat, including a food court and a restaurant. There are rooms in which students and faculty can hold study sessions or give presentations. The new UC features a ballroom and a theater which hosted it's first packed-house event entitled, "Darwinism on Trial" by author and historian Edward Larson. This MOCH sponsored event was to be held at the Rose Theatre but instead moved to the UC in celebration of the opening.
Overall the general impression that most visitors get from the new UC is one of satisfaction. It has been, after all worth the wait. Some of the features of the new UC include:
- Spectacular, sky-lit atrium
- 24-hour Technology Hub computer lab
- Student organization and support offices
- 1000-seat dividable ballroom
- 350-seat theatre
- Meeting and conference rooms
- Food court with five dining options
- Tigers of Memphis
- Union market with Dunkin’ Donuts
The opening week at the UC will be marked by many festivities. Here is a complete schedule.