The student lounge in Zeskind Hall reopened with a new look and new furniture on September 8 after being upgraded by the Upper School Student Council in August. So far, it seems to be a hit with students.

“I love it. It’s amazing!” said Jasmine Gordon, a junior.

According to Student Council President Karam Katariya, even the administration thought it was the best student lounge the school has ever had.

Last year’s dirty, stained couches and broken tables gave way to all-new furniture, including three new sofas, two new center tables, two side tables, speakers, a chess table, and even a decorative bowl.

The harsh fluorescent lights were turned off and replaced by dim lamps for a calm, dark look where students can relax in comfort. One wall was painted black with special chalkboard paint, allowing students to write on it.

The adjoining conference room was converted into the popular Hawk Cafe, which houses the lounge’s all-new coffee bar. The Student Council purchased a Keurig coffee maker and an introductory supply of K-Cups, all of which were used in the first two hours.

Students can purchase K-Cups from the cafeteria for $1 each to brew coffee, tea, and hot cocoa. The Cafe also houses a printer, computer chargers, card games, magazines, and puzzles for students to enjoy.

Student Council members began planning three months ago and spent several weeks working to remodel the space based on student feedback from a poll they sent out in August.

The project cost more than $2000.