By Rachel Rundengan |Staff Writer|
The Santos Manuel Student Union (SMSU) is a place where students can eat, drink, play and meet.
Though the SMSU is the focal point of the campus, the majority of the student body may not know the full benefits it offers.
“This place offers a lot,” said main desk employee Edgar Sanchez.
“We have the Gamers Lounge, the pub, helpful centers, places to eat, listen to music, and so much more,” added Sanchez.
The Box Office is a place inside the SMSU, which offers great prices for tickets to Disneyland, Magic Mountain, AMC theaters and Knott’s Berry Farm, just to name a few.
The Gamers’ Lounge is another part of the SMSU that students may not know too much about.
During the quarter, a wide variety of competitions and events are held in the Gamers Lounge.
Students can be seen playing a game of chess, shooting a ball across the pool table, and playing Call of Duty online.
The Gamers Lounge is also used as a means to watch sports.
“This area is not just for games, but it is also for sports fans like me,” said student Ricardo Mendez.
“I come here mostly for the soccer matches on TV,” added Mendez.
The SMSU has something for everyone.
It provides many places for students to not only relax, but relax comfortably.
Centers like the Cross Cultural and Pride offer a positive environment for people who seek understanding and support from students and staff members.
Some of the services that are offered in these centers are computer lab with printers, television (with Netflix), complimentary popcorn, resource information for campus/community based programs, and many more.
Students who visit the SMSU often go to socialize with friends and interact with other students.
Whether it would be in Starbucks or occupying one of the many tables and sofas provided, there are always spaces for anyone who wishes to be social in SMSU.
“I spend time at the Student Union because there are plenty of places to sit and study, a chance to socialize with my friends without feeling like we are being too loud – like the way would feel in other buildings,” stated student Kevin Miller.
“I don’t go to the Student Union as often as I would like, but when I do, it’s always a good time,” continued Miller.
The SMSU was designed with students in mind.
It is a home for learning and leisure, as well as contributing retention to the students.
The SMSU is located near the library and the Commons, and is open every day.
“It is a great place for students,” said lecturer Donald Girard.
“It’s everything that a Student Union should ever be,” concluded Girard.