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  • » Jackson Student Union opens Jan. 12

    It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for – Coastal Carolina University’s new Jackson Student Union opens on Monday, Jan. 12, with a formal dedication planned for Friday, Feb. 27.

    The 36,000-square-foot building has been under construction for more than two years,with students mourning the loss of the student center deck and everyone inconvenienced by the difficulty of getting to the CINO Grille – and Wheelwright Auditorium and Starbucks. But this magnificent new student gathering spot will make the wait well worth it.

    A “Main Street” thoroughfare along the front of the new building has lots of windows, making it a well-lit thoroughfare that will sport vertical teal banners and seating areas along the way. (We viewed it in November when you had to use a lot of imagination to visualize the end result.) The area runs the entire length of the front of the building and will ultimately extend to Phase II, which will include more meetings rooms and a large ballroom.

    Need milk? Bread? No worries. There’s a convenience store that will cater to the needs of campus constituents and even offer free popcorn on movie nights. Did you catch that? There’s a 211-seat movie theatre with stadium seating, just like the real deal. The plan is to run recently released films that are no longer in theatres but are not yet in DVD release. For $2, you get a movie and free popcorn. Who can beat it? Some of the upcoming titles are: “The Equalizer,” “No Good Deed” and “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” The seats even have built-in cupholders.

    Here’s the skinny:

    Game Room, first floor
    * 4 brand new, CCU-themed pool tables
    * Ping-Pong, foosball, air hockey
    * 2 PS4 and 2 XBOX One gaming systems with games to check out
    * Board games, cards, etc., available to check out

    Theater, first floor
    * Movie program on Thursday, Friday, Saturday
    * Two different movies each weekend, 16 per semester
    * $2 per ticket with a CCU/HGTC ID (includes free popcorn)
    * Other programming throughout the week

    Meeting Spaces, first and second floors
    * One conference room on the first floor
    * Three small meeting rooms (20-40 people)
    * One large meeting room (75-100 people)
    * Priority to student organizations

    Student Organization Resource Center (SORC), second floor
    * Lockers for organizations (large and small)
    * Printers, copiers, computers, mailboxes
    * Workspaces of varying sizes
    * Coastal Involvement Specialists (students)
    * Card access

    Offices moving to the Union
    * Multicultural Student Services
    * International Student Services
    * COAST (Counseling Outreach and Advocacy Team)
    * Career Services

    Outdoor Patio
    * Stage area with electricity
    * Seating around green space in the center
    * Regular music program
    * Market Days for student organizations