The Associate Students of Walla Walla University (ASWWU) have invested in a new canvas tent for Walla Walla University’s College Place campus to use for events and additional study space.
The tent is currently set up on Kretschmar Lawn beside Bowers Hall and in front of the University Church. It is equipped with seating for up to 50 people, and it includes lighting, power, and Wi-Fi.
Throughout the remainder of spring quarter, the tent will function as an outdoor option for classes and social events. ASWWU has already used it for spring banquet, job fair, and a yard sale, and faculty and staff also use it for their classes and events. When the tent is not in active use, it is available as an additional study space for students.
While the tent currently satisfies an immediate need for an open-air space due to COVID-19, it was purchased as an investment to benefit students for years to come. “I expect that ASWWU will be able to use this for many types of outdoor events in the future, especially during fall and spring quarters, when the weather is warmer,” said Eric Welch, ASWWU president and senior in mechanical engineering.
The tent structure is designed with a modular setup, which will allow for it to be set up in different sizes according to need. It currently measures 30 feet by 70 feet.
“Ultimately, I hope the tent helps cultivate community by bringing students together to enjoy social events and gather to study,” said Welch. “The fresh air, warmer spring temperatures and shade provides a comfortable place for students to interact face-to-face. I hope this combination of social interaction and time outdoors will help facilitate student connection as well as improve health and morale.”
ASWWU has already received feedback from students voicing their appreciation about the tent. “The tent has provided a convenient outdoor space for me and my friends to spend time together,” said Gabran Arruda, sophomore majoring in social work. “I have also been able to meet and socialize with a few people I’ve never met before.”
Posted May 20, 2021