Reported by Orvis Noel
The new ping pong and foosball tables in the Langara Students’ Union Building stands as a legacy to outgoing LSU councillor Ameer Mohammad.
During 2013 student council elections Mohammad made student recreation the main focus of his campaign. Ed Hensley, the outgoing Secretary to Council was motivated by the idea following a survey that showed students wanted more activities on campus.
Academics and sports go hand-in-hand
“I always believed academics must have provisions for sport with no exception,” Mohammad said.
The LSU building is an enclave for students to socialize and make new friends, the inclusion of these tables adds another element for socialization in the area. The cost of the new recreation items including delivery, set-up and accessories totaled $3,800.
“This was the sole decision of the LSU in-house staff and to us it is money well spent,” Hensley said.
Put down your phone and pick up a paddle
Business management student Mayan Dayani enjoys having something to do besides play with his cellphone. “It’s actually good, it’s something that helps out with something to do on campus… You play against anyone you can and have a good time,” he said.
Students James Mornin and Andrew Artist battled out a match of ping pong last week. “Good hand-eye coordination,” Mornin said, returning the tiny ball to Artist.
“These things are here to bring people together,” said marketing management student Paolo Santos. “It’s good for yourself, it’s good for the community you start making new friends.”
The tables are open to students, staff and instructors whenever the LSU is open.