John Kuyat, Jack Marchesani, Mike McHugh, Kieran Sweeney
Led by Student Council president Ryan Doane ’15, the senior class worked hard to find a home for the senior lounge.
For the 2014-2015 school year, the senior lounge is moving to the bottom floor of Sullivan Hall.
On Friday, September 19, Doane announced to the senior class via Facebook that the senior lounge has been officially found.
“We were finally able to get the MECO room on the bottom floor of Sullivan Hall thanks to Mr. DiDomenico and Father Flynn. They graciously agreed to switch,” said Doane.
DiDomenico and Mr. Algeo confirmed the new location for the senior lounge to the Blackfriar Chronicle via email.
During a meeting with the senior class on Wednesday, September 3, Dean of Students Mr. Dougherty established that the previous senior lounge on the third floor of Carney Hall was removed because the Dean of Students office needed a room for meetings with both parents and students.
Head of the Upper School Mr. Ron Algeo and Dougherty expressed their sympathy for the loss of the senior lounge and promised that they would do their best to find a new location for one.
According to Doane, a great deal of effort was put forth by the faculty and students to find the perfect location for the new senior lounge.
Doane explored the campus with Mr. Algeo. “We visited the office by Mr. Schiller’s room, the bottom floor of Alumni Hall, and many other spots,” said Doane. “But many of the locations had some sort of problem.”
Mr. Algeo listed more locations that were checked out. “We looked in a room in Dougherty Hall, a classroom in Sullivan Hall, the conference room in the Duffy Center, and a closet in Sullivan Hall.” Algeo ruled out the conference room in Duffy, as it is being used for other activites.
”I just asked the question is there even electricity in there [the Sullivan Hall closet], meaning outlets,” continued Algeo. “There actually was, but there is no ventilation… With our insurance company, there is no way we would be able to put a group of kids in a room with no ventilation.”
Doane used Facebook to inform his classmates on the topic. He has polled the senior class multiple times, attempting to consider their personal opinions on the issue.
“My goal, as always, is to make everyone happy, so I don’t want this to be just an ordinary senior lounge,” stated Doane. “I want this to be the best one yet.”
Doane is thankful not only for the support of the Malvern Prep faculty, but also for the support of the senior class.
Doane and the seniors have now began the process of renovating the Sullivan Hall room in order to turn it into the senior lounge. This process will begin with donations from the senior class.
“I look forward to finishing what we started. We need to collect the furniture and necessities to make this the best lounge it can be,” said Doane.