My first day of school at LMU started with a class in UHall. Not thinking much of it, I parked in the underground parking beneath the building and took the elevator up to class. As soon as I stepped out of the glass doors leading to the atrium I felt like a kid in a candy shop. After attending San Francisco State University where all of the buildings were dirty and old and then Marymount College where all of the buildings had maybe 5 rooms in them, I was left breathless seeing this large beautifully constructed building for the first time. With granite floors, trees in the middle of the walk way, huge escalators and its own Starbucks I was almost convinced I was in the remake of Richie Rich rather than standing in the building where 90% of my future classes would be.
Later that day I went back to the escalator to go to my car and I couldn't find it. I tried P1...nope then P2 nope again... finally P3 and my car was there! As I proceeded to exit the parking structure I almost got hit by someone going the wrong way and then got lost into Faculty parking. When I finally found the exit the love-at-first-sight feeling had melted away and I suddenly hated Uhall and its stupid parking structure that made no sense. Since that day I have learned the perks as well as the downfalls of this ginormous building, which has created my love/hate relationship with it.
Reasons why it is awesome: It has a restaurant (The Crimson Lion), a dining hall (Roskis) AND a cafe (which makes the most delicious chocolate croissants in the world). It has escalators in the middle and on one far side, so no matter where you are in the building you can be lazy and not take the stairs. Its absolutely beautiful with gorgeous views of Marina Del Rey. It has an awesome courtyard with a bad ass fountain to just chill at between classes. It has its own mini bookstore that you can buy anything from... seriously ANYTHING. LMU attire, cold medicine, snacks, school supplies they have it and the old lady that works there is always blasting and singing oldies that is sure to put you in a good mood for the rest of the day. There's always a parking spot.
Reasons why it sucks: The escalators are always broken, so being lazy is sometimes not an option. The coffee at the cafe sucks butt; I don't think they know what a coffee filter is. When you have class at the far end and your next class is in St. Rob's you will never be on time because you have to walk a half a mile just to get out of the building. It's always super cold because they crank the air conditioning up way too high. So when you dress for the 80 degrees weather outside, you are sitting in class freezing. The bathrooms are hidden in secret corridors that are impossible to find, so its sucks when its your first day of schoo land you really have to go but there is no bathroom in sight.
Though the things that suck about UHall REALLY suck, I still don't think they override the good things. Like any good relationship no matter how much the other person messes up and makes you pissed off, at the end of the day you still love them and always go back for more.
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The university's acquisition of University Hall in 2000 brought to the campus a new entrance as well as much needed office and classroom space. University Hall is a facility unique to any academic institution, in that it was originally constructed for Hughes Aircraft as their world headquarters, and converted from an exclusively corporate facility, to a building thriving with academic life. Loyola Marymount University acquired the 1,000,000-square-foot (93,000 m2) building in January 2000 from Raytheon, which bought Hughes Aircraft. LMU completed the interior remodel of approximately 250,000 square feet (23,000 m2) in April 2001. The building itself, which houses the university's Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, is constructed of steel and concrete, and is divided into seven separate structures above ground. University Hall has over 500,000 square feet (46,000 m2) of floor space, and contains over 1,000 parking spaces in 3 underground levels. The 70,000 square feet (6,500 m2) of atrium space has, and will continue to be the venue for many LMU events.