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WSU Vancouver Firstenburg Student Commons offers hub for student life on campus

Along with the cafeteria in the Dengerink Administration Building (VDEN), the Firstenburg Student Commons (VFSC) at Washington State University Vancouver is a very common hangout and is often filled with students studying, shooting the breeze or even napping. The VFSC is located between the Science and Engineering Building (VSCI) and the Student Services Center (VSSC).

The VFSC offers a variety of activities such as ping pong and pool. According to Student Activities Board Chair Stephanie Leeper, ping pong seems to be more popular among students than pool and is so popular that there are ping pong tournaments annually.  The VFSC also has its own TV for students to watch shows, videos or play video games on. “[The Firstenburg Commons] is a great place for students to hang out and get to know each other,” Leeper said.

Aside from the recreational activities and amenities VFSC offers for students to enjoy, VFSC also features a café that is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The café offers a variety of breakfast food, sandwiches and coffee. For those students who are on a tight budget, the prices in the Firstenburg Commons café are roughly the same as the prices in the cafeteria.

In addition to ping pong, pool, TV and the café, there are also various annual events that take place in the VFSC commons. These events include pumpkin carving and making gingerbread houses. Both events happen around late November or December, depending on the dates of fall semester finals-week. Leeper told the VanCougar that she believes the most popular event that takes place in the VFSC commons is the annual drag show sponsored by Cougar Pride Club and that it’s almost like a talent show. This year, the drag show took place on April 25. Leeper added that events in the VFSC commons are so popular that about 75 to 100 people attend and sometimes supplies run out.

With finals week approaching, students on campus are likely looking for acceptable locations to study. Students are welcome to drop by the commons, crack open a book and prepare for finals week, or they can attend the late night pancake feed, a tradition that takes place every semester in celebration of finals week. Aside from pancakes, there will also be activities at the event and a prize wheel which students can spin to win random prizes.  The late-night pancake feed will be happening on April 29 from 8-11 p.m.

For more information about activities and events at the Firstenburg Student Commons, please contact Stephanie Leeper at van.sab.chair@vancouver.wsu.edu.

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