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For those who haven’t been on campus this summer, they may not have seen the facilities and construction workers filing in and out of several buildings.

Over the last three months, walls have been repainted, furniture replaced, and new restaurants introduced. These improvements sweep across campus, and some of the smallest changes were immediately noticed by returning students. Here’s a comprehensive list of all the updates:


One of the oldest buildings on campus is sporting completely remodeled classrooms on the first and second floor — new flooring, lighting and seating, and flat screens or projectors on the wall. The hallways received a modern touch, possibly to be continued on the third and fourth floors in the future.


Carnesecca Arena sees new locker and restroom spaces for the women’s soccer, softball and tennis teams, while the men’s baseball, fencing and golf teams locker rooms received new fixtures. Over in the Athletic Department, new three-dimensional signage marks the entrance.


Taffner Field house is now well-lit with LED lights, and the men’s basketball locker room has a lounge with new furniture and a TV.


The Residence Village has been renovated in phases over the years, with drastic changes in the last month. O’Connor Hall’s lobby was completely renovated with new turnstiles, Century Hall has new furniture, and Donovan Hall has an exercise room on the ground floor.


St. Augustine Hall Library’s Red Mango cafe is gone, replaced with an Einstein Bros. Bagels, another popular chain. A divider was placed between the cafe and elevators, and the turnstiles removed from the front entrance.

Other updates included repaved roadways, new windows in Newman and St. Augustine halls, new furniture in DAC living room and new restaurants in Marillac cafeteria.

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Morgan C. Mullings
Morgan C. Mullings, Editor-in-Chief
Morgan is a senior journalism major and has been with the Torch since her freshman year. She served as opinion editor for Spring 2018 and helped create the Human Resources Manager position (formerly known as Outreach Manager). She is also a member of Sinai's Radiant Liturgical Dance Ministry and has held internships with Her Campus and Metropolis Magazine. Her goals for this year include publishing quality stories, holding SJU's leaders accountable and educating the community on media literacy. You can reach Morgan at [email protected].
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