April 25, 2012By: Gabe Fierro
Did you ever wonder where band members go to do their homework or hang out during a normal weekday? Probably not until I asked that question!
We call it the lounge.
It’s a small room, just enough space for a couple couches and a table. It’s snug and it’s ours. Every day, band members come in and out of it, sitting, eating, sleeping, studying and just hanging out.
And up until a week ago, it was probably one of the most nauseating places on campus.
The band moved into the basement of the Golden Bear Café in 1960, and it looks like no one has cleaned it since. Of course, I exaggerate, but I don’t overstate when I say that it hasn’t received a serious deep cleaning, painting and refurbishment in the lastfifteen years or so.
The room was literally festering. Every day, if felt like a new creature, cockroach, mouse, or beast too fast to identify, was making its home in our space. And our furniture! The couches looked like a bear had been in there (granted, lots of Bears have been in there – after all, we do go to Cal). It wasn’t pretty. The fabric was torn to shreds and it smelled like mold and perspiration.
This semester, the band took it upon itself to clean the lounge up. People came out of the woodworks to offer suggestions on how to improve the lounge and offer time to actually make those improvements. In one week, we were able to move all of the musty furniture out of the room, give it a few deep cleans, paint, and move new furniture back in. Dozens of band members helped out for hours at a time to make this happen and the change has been remarkable.We just reopened the lounge this last Monday, and it’s cleaner than it’s been in fifteen years. We can still fit just a few couches and a table. People are practically sitting on top of each other during a busy hour. It’s a snug space. It’s ours. And now, it’s clean.
Thank you to all the people who helped out and all the donors who gave furniture to make this change possible! The lounge is put to good use.