This archived article was written by: McKenzie Hosenfield
If you have attended a recent USU Eastern home basketball game, you will have noticed the Athletic Center’s updated paint job of the gym walls. The red brick was replaced with white and the brown bleachers were repainted navy blue. Fernando Alcàntar, director of student life, has a hope that this dramatic change will spark a renewed school spirit in Eastern students.
Alcàntar is optimistic that the new gym will “breed unity” and “increase school spirit.” He hopes that it will intimidate rival teams and increase student attendance to the games. Returning from winter break, ESA planned a grand reopening with a Blackout and a flash mob to, “It’s Always a Good Time” during the first and second basketball games in the newly painted gym.
The repainting of the gym is a portion of what he calls “Campus Life 2.0.” This mission began by repainting the McDonald Career Center blue. It will be completed with the painting of the college’s library white with elements of blue. The cost of the gym’s paint job was $55,000 and was covered in part by the Eastern Student Association. The project was initiated and completed during winter break.
Alcàntar is optimistic about the future of Eastern. He wants to continue to build up campus and have “locations to be proud of.” In the future, he expects to establish hang out spots including a Paris themed internet café in the Student Center, decorated residential hall lobbies and replacing the CEU sign on Wood Hill, west of campus, to advertise USU Eastern. He is determined to evolve campus to a place where students from around the world can call home.