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The new hangout

MU Student Center dedication celebrates second phase of construction

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  • Photos by L.G. Patterson
  • Published: Oct. 29, 2010
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  1. The new bookstore, located on the lower and main levels, is spacious and easy to navigate. Students can find textbooks, novels and heaps of Mizzou gear. At Tiger Tech, experts provide free electronics support.
  2. The black-and-gold-carpeted Traditions Lounge boasts a limestone fireplace and artifacts from Mizzou history.
  3. Bridge Lounge, one of three lounges located in the new Student Center, overlooks the building's main floor and dining areas.
  4. The second level is home to the Center for Student Involvement, the hub of student organizations and student government.
  5. Greek Life is part of the Center for Student Involvement. The space also holds offices for Organization Resource Group, Campus Activities, Service and Leadership and New Student Programs.
  6. During the second phase of the Student Center renovation, Mizzou added more than $3 million in furnishings, including 235 snazzy lounge chairs.
  7. At 229,000 square feet, the center is nearly double the size of the original Brady Commons.
  8. The Student Center's five dining outlets are owned and operated by MU. Hungry Tigers can get barbecue at Do Mundo’s; coffee, smoothies and pastries at Infusion; sandwiches and wraps at Kate and Emma’s; Italian cuisine at Pomodoro; and signature Mizzou rolls at Sunshine Sushi.
  9. Along with eateries and dining areas, the Student Center offers a Mizzou Market convenience store, UMB Bank, ATMs, a post office, UPS shipping, a copy center, and Mizzou Dry Cleaning and Laundry Service.
  10. Every feature of the Student Center is covered in images of Mizzou traditions. Traditions Lounge features the school’s most valued traditions, as recommended by alumni.
  11. Mort’s Grill is named for MU alumnus Mort Walker (BA ’48), creator of the Beetle Bailey comic. The grill serves Shack burgers, fries and shakes. Across from Mort's, the Shack is back. Former owners Joe and Bert Franke worked with planners to include portions of the actual booths and photos from the original building, which burned down in 1988.
  12. Cozy fireplaces give Tigers warm, inviting places to study — or take a cat nap.
  13. The Homecoming Week dedication of the new Student Center included an open house, a tailgate, a time capsule dedication, official ceremonies and a book signing by MU alumnus Mort Walker, creator of the comic strip Beetle Bailey. Photo by Nic Benner.

Need a place to hang? Mizzou’s got you covered.

With nearly 230,000 square feet of space, the new Student Center at the corner of Hitt Street and Rollins Road offers plenty of places to spread out and chill — as well as a veritable mini-city of resources.

Hungry? Pick up coffee, lunch or sushi. Need books or a new laptop? Visit the MU Bookstore or Tiger Tech. Want to make a difference? Swing by the Center for Student Involvement. And if you’d rather just relax, study or chat with a friend, you can pick a spot on a comfy couch in one of three massive lounges.

Mizzou officially dedicated the new Student Center during the 2010 Homecoming festivities. Highlights of the happenings included a time capsule dedication, a tailgate party and a book signing by MU alumnus Mort Walker, creator of the comic strip Beetle Bailey. Walker is the inspiration for the Student Center's new Mort’s Grill located across from The Shack, a reincarnation of the famous hangout that burned down in 1988.

The new center has been built in phases, beginning in 2007. Phase 1 involved construction to the east of Brady Commons and was completed in 2009. Phase 2, which required demolition and renovation of the original Brady Commons, opened this semester.

The Student Center project cost $64 million. In 2005, students passed a referendum to increase student fees to fund nearly half of the construction. Revenue from auxiliary services, such as the University Bookstore and Campus Dining Services, covered the remaining 52 percent.

The new center is approximately twice the size of the original Brady Commons.

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