What happened to our Fishbowl?

It used to be that room in the PUB with windows that go floor to ceiling, where students could sit in an armchair and relax, study, or do whatever they wanted in a quiet, dark environment. Now the Fishbowl is a museum.

This year, at the beginning of fall quarter, the Student Leadership Center (SLC) tried something new in the name of Shoreline Community College’s 50th anniversary. Minister of Student Engagement Joshua Abrahamson said that since it was the beginning of the quarter and the beginning of a new school year, the SLC speculated that usage of room 9302 (better known as the Fishbowl) would be light.

Students wouldn’t have finals to study for or stress out about, so they wouldn’t need the extra designated quiet study area.

To fill what might otherwise be empty space, the SLC decided to put up a temporary museum commemorating the 50-year history of SCC.

Once the 50th Anniversary Museum was taken down at the end of fall quarter, it was quickly replaced by the Black History Month Museum, which opened a week later than the SLC planned and is still on display today.

Abrahamson said that since he’s Minister of Student Engagement he feels responsible for making sure students have fun on campus, but it seems that students have grown tired of the Fishbowl being utilized as a museum.

An Ebbtide survey of 97 SCC students showed, while 41 percent of students had heard of at least one of the museums, only 19 percent of students had actually visited either one of them.

“I would advocate for it to be turned back into quiet study because I know (that’s what) people want that space for,” Abrahamson said.

The survey suggests that Abrahamson is right. While 20 percent of students surveyed were indifferent to the fate of the Fishbowl, 59 percent thought the Fishbowl should go back to being a quiet study area.

Abrahamson said he doesn’t know if there’s a plan for the future of the Fishbowl. He speculated that, with all of the recent changes in the Student Body Association, “it probably just got lost in the mix.”

Comments

Is the author using the newspaper to voice thinly veiled opposition to the Black History Museum?It is quite interesting the school newspaper now complains about the fishbowl being used as a Black History Museum when no one complained about its use to house the Shoreline Community College Museum. While the student has the right to express opinions about the matter, they neither represent the majority of students on campus or those of the school administration, all of whom show their support for the project.

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