Student Union Building Finally Opens!

By: Shira Moskowitz, Ad Manager

*Published in the print edition of The CI View on April 1, 2010

On March 16, 2010 the students, staff, and faculty members of CSU Channel Islands along with many others, participated in the historic ribbon cutting and grand opening of the Student Union Building.

In 2006, the students of CI voted to fund the construction and operation of what is now the most popular place to be on campus, the Student Union Building, or as many call it, the SUB.

Student Karina Cruz who works at the SUB said: “As a student I am very proud and grateful to be part of the Grand Opening of our new student union, the place that absolutely places us, the students, at the center of our university. The student union will give current students and future generations the opportunity to come together and really feel united. I hope everyone takes the time to drop by and enjoy what our wonderful student union has to offer.”

The SUB is a place for both residential and commuting students along with faculty and staff to interact with one another, study, relax, bond, and enjoy the beauty in just being together as one community.

During the ribbon cutting ceremony, Dr. Genevieve Evans Taylor, Executive Director of ASI, said:

“The student union is a building on campus where all are welcome. The building is not discipline, department or division specific. The name ‘union” is no accident. It has historic significance, as a place where students, faculty, staff and community members come together for dialog, debate and community. It is a place of union.”

One of the many goals of CSUCI is to be as green of a campus as possible, and that did not exclude the new SUB.

The SUB was designed to be extremely sustainable and environmentally friendly.

All the lighting in the SUB is on a sensor system, the carpet is made out of recycled content carpet tiles, and even the chairs are Steel case furniture chairs made with environmentally friendly materials with the highest recycled content available.

The SUB is now the new home to ASI Offices for Student Government, SBP, The Nautical Yearbook, and The CI View Student Newspaper.

Along with these new offices, there are also three new places to eat inside the SUB while relaxing in the lounges, playing pool, or watching TV on the new elite projector screens.

Freudian Sip has a variety of blended coffee drinks, smoothies, pastries, frozen yogurt sundaes and much more.

If you do not have a sweet tooth and prefer delicious and fast food on the go, The Lighthouse Café serves pizza, hot dogs, and salads.

And if you are in between deciding whether you want something sweet or savory, you can go to the Sea Store which provides you with every candy you can imagine, cold drinks, frozen snacks such as hot pockets, and almost any other snack you crave.

Students are already taking a liking to the new SUB. Sophomore Diana Ballesteros who also works at the SUB said:

“The student union is the window to expanding our school reputation and student population. This is the location for us students to come together and enhance our tight knit community. This building is the beginning of a new chapter and I’m very grateful to be a part of it.”

Hours of Operation:

Game Room, Student Organization Rooms, Lounges, & Meeting Rooms:

Mon-Frid: 8:00am-11:00pm

Sat-Sun: 10:00am-10:00pm

SEAL Center

Mon: 12:00pm-1:15pm; 3:00pm-5:00pm

Tues: 10:00am- 5:00pm

Wed: 9:00am-1:15pm; 2:00pm-4:00pm

Thurs: 12:00pm-5:00pm

Lighthouse Cafe:

Mon-Fri: 10:00am-10:30pm

Freudian Sip

Mon-Fri: 7:30am-10:30pm

Sat-Sun: 10:00am-10:00pm

Sea Store

Mon-Fri: 8:00am-10:30pm

Sat-Sun: 10:00am-10:30pm

Congratulations to all of the students, staff, faculty and community members who made the opening and operation of this new Student Union possible.

It is a special milestone that we as a university were able to experience together.

I have no doubt that the opening of the SUB is just one of the many turning points that we as a community are going to embark on together.

In union there is strength. In strength there is leadership. And in leadership, there is CSUCI.