By Celina Simmons
Most students here at SMCC have no idea what you’re talking about when mentioning the Captain’s House or even the Captain’s Cupboard. This isn’t surprising based on the condition the house stayed in for far too long. Hopefully, with renovations underway, this will change.
For those who don’t know, the Captain’s House is a building on campus used as a multipurpose space for all students. The building has been used for club meetings, the Veterans Lounge, and the Captain’s Cupboard. (PS: The Beacon staff meets there for Production Days and Writer’s Meetings!)
The Captain’s House became less and less appealing over the years. Paint on the walls began to chip, the rugs endured stain after stain, and some students even helped themselves to couch cushions in the meeting areas. All of this went ignored until the Student Senate decided to make a change.
With $4000 set aside for the project, Student Senate and facilities formulated a game plan to make the house more inviting for all students and clubs. Facilities have already begun patching and repainting walls and will soon move to deep cleaning all the rugs. Before they can do that, the Senate has organized a volunteer spring cleaning day on Sunday, February 3. On this day, volunteers will gather at the Captain’s House to clear out junk, rearrange rooms, and clean the kitchen.
If you are interested in helping with the makeover, feel free to show up on the third of next month! The Student Senate plan on starting the cleanup around noon and hope to be finished by 5pm. Don’t be fooled though, they aren’t fans of “all work and no play.” It just so happens that this event falls on the same day as the Superbowl and members of the Senate hope to be done soon enough to set up a projector, order some good food, and catch the game. This is definitely doable with enough volunteers.
The goal of this project is not only to make the building look nicer for students, but also to set expectations for the use of space in the Captain’s House, according to Director of Student Life, Jason Saucier. Jason and the Senate hope to see this area become much like the noisy lounge where students can feel free to hangout or get some homework done.
Part of the money set aside will also be going the Captain’s Cupboard, which is a food pantry provided by students for students going through financial struggles. If you want to learn more about the Captain’s Cupboard, check out “The Captain’s Cupboard is Ready to Feed SMCC” in Campus News.
Both the South Portland and Midcoast campuses have a Captain’s Cupboard food pantry but the one located at Midcoast has become inadequate. Maybe you’re wondering how you can help? We all know life can be stressful, especially when you are in school and can’t afford your next meal. That is why it is essential for us to look out for each other and the Captain’s Cupboard is providing the perfect way to do so.
Not only will donating food help those students in need, it will also provide you with a sense of satisfaction and pride in yourself. If you are fortunate enough to have a few bucks to spare, take a trip to the store, find some non perishables, and donate! If you are a commuter and have cans of soup that you haven’t touched in your kitchen and probably never will, donate! Doing good things will never end in regret.