I was recently given a tour and a delicious lunch at the new $200 million UK Student Center, and I walked out an hour later with one major takeaway in mind: I hate it.
From the moment I walked through the door right off Avenue of Champions, I despised everything about it. It made my blood boil. Each time I turned a corner to see a new area, I grew angrier and angrier. It honestly ruined the rest of my day, a day that I was supposed to be enjoying on my vacation. I was sick to my stomach over it.
But why such animosity toward a building I’ll rarely visit, you ask?
Because it’s nice as hell and I’m jealous. I should be excited for my alma mater and the students who roam the campus I once roamed, but instead I hate all of them. This place is the gold standard of student centers and these kids today will never know what it was like back in the day before fancy study staircases, rooftop gardens, fireplace lounges and high-tech everything. It even has its own Apple store.
The new bookstore is insane, too. I could’ve spent $500 on new gear in there but I was too busy crying to try anything on. It’s the mecca of merchandise for every UK fan with exclusive stuff you can’t get anywhere else. You should check it out next time you’re in Lexington — that is, if you don’t mind catching a severe case of jealousy like I did.
(Video via The Herald-Leader)
I know my bitter and salty attitude is the wrong way to go about it, and that I should be thrilled to see UK’s campus grow with a new state-of-the-art student center. I’m being a grumpy, old curmudgeon; I know. But once you see this new place, you’ll understand where I’m coming from. It’s not fair! Why couldn’t we have it when I was in school? We were stuck with a couple of ping-pong tables in the Cats’ Den and a lounge with raggedy, soiled couches that had been there since the James Patterson days. And remember that set of steps from the Patterson Office Tower to the old student center? You know the ones I’m talking about. They were like two-and-half-step steps, so it was impossible to get a normal rhythm going unless you’re 10 feet tall. These kids today will never know what it was like to awkwardly walk down those things.
Ugh. I’m getting worked up again just thinking about the new student palace — that’s what I’m calling it now: a palace. It’s so nice. I ate lunch at the new Champions Kitchen and the taco bar (ENDLESS TACO BAR) doesn’t even charge for guac. Then I took a peek in the new 650-seat cinema, which is nicer than any theater in town, and met some friendly folks at the cell phone charging station (those are everywhere too) outside the new Starbucks.
I’m thinking about going back to school. How can I sign up for English 101? I want to do it all over again after seeing the new digs.