Visualize Heller Lounge–yes, that huge, carpeted space at the bottom of the Martin Luther King Student Union. Chances are, you’ll picture it as what it honestly is to most of the student population. It’s a study lounge that sometimes closes off to hold events, thus pissing off the many people who usually read, eat or sleep there before class.
But Heller Lounge is not supposed to be all about about the comfy, drool-stained sofas! No, it’s also the temporary home to Berkeley’s Multicultural Center. If that’s news to you, you’re not the only one–but organizers across student groups are now coming together with a plan to change all that. This week, they’re charging up for a week of teach-ins that will lead into a flood of events during “Reclaiming the Space Week” Mar. 3-8.
The lease to the Multicultural Center’s temporary ownership of Heller Lounge expires this summer, and we all know that the Lower Sproul Plaza redevelopment plan–which will include a draft of a permanent Multicultural Center–won’t show concrete results for a long, long time. (Kind of like the longtime battle for a prettier People’s Park.) The events this week and next are meant to educate and hopefully renew Heller Lounge’s identity, making it more multicultural than just the color of its furniture and the space reservation priorities given to multicultural programming.
We’re eager to see how students keep up the expectations of a true multicultural space once these weeks are over and done. Will there be events there all the time? Multi-colored pillows to match the sofas, perhaps? Pillows would be awesome.
Perhaps, though, you should try to find another place to take a nap next week.
No justice, no sleep.
Image Source: Patrici Flores
New multicultural center opens at UC Berkeley [Berkeley News]
A Promise of Equity Still Unfulfilled [Daily Cal]
Campus Commits Funds to Lower Sproul Development [Daily Cal]
Center is Open, But Case is Not Closed [Daily Cal]
ASUC By-Laws, Title V, Space Allocations [ASUC]
Multicultural Center Needs More Tolerance [Daily Cal]
Tags:ASUC, Heller Lounge, Martin Luther King Student Union, Multicultural Center, Reclaiming the Space
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