by Alana J. Mauger
Montgomery County Community College student leaders unveiled the redesigned and renamed West End Cafe – the student cafeteria and lounge in South Hall at the College’s West Campus in Pottstown – on Dec. 6.
“The West Campus Student Government ranked the need for more lounge and co-curricular space among their top 10 concerns over the past two years,” said Jenna Klaus, assistant director of civic and community engagement. “Last year’s group met with designers and selected furniture, while this year’s group promoted the opening and overall awareness.”
The redesigned cafe includes smaller tables that can be easily re-arranged, booths, pool and ping pong tables, a video gamming area, a charging station for electronic devices and a projected television, as well as improved lighting and décor.
“Our goal was to enlarge the space without expanding the actual walls,” explained West Campus Vice President Dr. Steady Moono.
The cafe is also piloting the use of trash compactors to reduce the number of plastic trash bags used and space required for landfill waste as part of MCCC’s Sustainability Initiative.
The West Campus Student Government Association held a contest to name the new space, as well as a photo contest, “A View From My Classroom,” leading up to the opening. Deb Rogers, Royersford, MCCC alumna and executive assistant to the Board of Trustees, submitted the winning name, West End Cafe. Student Marcus Gordon, Pottstown, won the photo contest for his picture “Every Second Counts,” which is on display in the cafe.