The construction of the new student center is progressing as planned, but a few major details still need to be determined: the official names of the Spirit Shop, Sports Lounge, and Common Lounge in the 100,000 square-foot building.
That’s where you come in. Students are invited to play the Name Game and submit their ideas for the three locations by filling out this survey.
Bryan Goodwin, director of student centers, says the Name Game was introduced as a way to “celebrate the construction process” rather than viewing it simply as an obstacle on campus. The naming contest is somewhat of a tradeoff for the students inconvenienced by the construction who won’t be around to enjoy the new facilities in the future.
“For graduating seniors who may be bummed out that they won’t be here next year when the building opens, this is a great way to leave a legacy and it makes for compelling stories to tell when they come back as alumni,” Goodwin says.
Students can suggest as many names as they’d like before the March 30 deadline. Once the forms close, the Name Game Committee, which is comprised of staff members, USGA student reps, and other student leaders, will deliberate to choose the best three to five names per space. The entire student body will then vote through an e-mailed ballot the week of April 9.
The committee will select finalists that represent the people who will use the new building. Goodwin says, “If the student body isn’t captivated by the finalists, we didn’t do our job.”
Official winners will be announced at the Weekend of Excellence, on Saturday, April 21.
Contest winners will select between $500 worth of textbooks, airfare, or Groupon credit. Finalists will show creativity, originality, and timelessness, Goodwin says. Also, incorporating “Loyola” or “Chicago” is a plus. If multiple entries of the same name are submitted, the person who submitted the name first will be linked to the entry, according to contest rules.
The Name Game gives all current Loyola students the chance to leave their own names behind long after they’ve gone.
“We fully anticipate these names being in the building years, and we want students to take that seriously,” Goodwin adds.