Rogers science opens doors to public

Taken by Max Kaczynski | The Queens Chronicle
As the new semester began,  many students on campus were rewarded with a new academic building. Rogers Science and Health, which is now home to every science and mathematics student, is officially open.  Students from every major flooded the new facility to finally see what construction workers have been up to for over a year.

After interviewing multiple students and faculty, the overall consensus was that Rogers is an impressive landmark on campus. Dr. Greg Pillar, environmental science and chemistry professor, said, “It’s sort of like a kid on Christmas morning. There’s a lot in this building that you want to just start playing around with, but you have to restrain yourself because you have other things you have to do.”

The building is full of unique features, including a green house, state of the art labs and projectors.

“What I really like about the new building is that it has spaces for mingling and associating,” said Dr. Jessica Braswell, a sixth-year environmental science professor.

Students have multiple options on every floor to study, whether alone or with a group.

“It doesn’t feel like an institutional building,” said mathematics professor Mike Tarabek. “It feels like more of a communal-type space. It just feels like a place to be, not just a place to be sent.”

Students are also enjoying the building as much as the professors.  When asked about their favorite part of the new building, junior Alex Stocking answered with excitement, “Definitely labs and the fact that they have a lot more independent study rooms.”

Rogers has given students more resources to further their education. Senior Steven Saenz stated, “I was excited to see everything new.”

Walker Science has been out of date for years. Tarabek commented on the building, saying “Science has progressed a lot since the building was completed in the mid 60s, and the building just wasn’t able to keep up.”

“Walker Science was not laid out in a way that all allowed us to maximize our teaching effectiveness,” said Braswell. “In many ways, we were constrained by the shape of the room, or the way the lab benches were stuck to the floor so you couldn’t do everything that you wanted to do because you were constrained by the shape, arrangement and orientation of the room.”
Although Rogers may seem close to perfect, there are some drawbacks.  According to Saenz, students do not have individual desks in the classrooms, so it becomes hard to view the Smart Boards without having to move your body.
Pillar commented on a few mistakes. “Small things here and there had to be changed during construction because it looked good while planning but when constructed, it didn’t work.”
Pillar also mentioned how he was a little disappointed on how the faculty offices seemed separated from the students and lab rooms.

  Overall, professors and students appear to be excited about the opportunities Rogers Science and Health will bring.

“I think it’s going to become a center for our campus,” said Tarabek. “I think it’s going to become something that we take pride in for many years. I think it’s going to be a draw to the campus and Charlotte itself.”

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