The reception held recently by the Concordia, Loyola and Sir George Williams Alumni Associations to honour this year's provincial championship athletes and coaches was the latest in a growing list of events that have breathed new life into a moribund student lounge on the Loyola Campus.
The Hive, on the third floor of the Campus Centre, was closed for several years. Then a group of staff and student volunteers got together to clear it out. Ann M. Bennett, who works for the Rector's Office/Cabinet at Loyola and is a member of the Loyola Alumni Association Board, solicited financial help for new furnishings.
Furniture was purchased through the MasterCard Affinity Award Program, the Loyola and Concordia alumni associations, and a discount negotiated by James Scribner in Purchasing Services.
By December, the space, which holds about 450 people, was being used by University and community groups. Events have included a concert party by jazz singer Lorraine Klaasen and a fashion show.
The Hive is meant to be a self-financing project, and Rick Stom, Circulation Clerk in the Vanier Library, has been the linchpin, volunteering his time to coordinate bookings and enthusiastically promoting the space for seminars, parties and receptions.
The Loyola contingent of Physical Resources has been especially helpful with manpower and support, and improvements continue to be made. Bennett reports that last month, the bar area and a room off the main lounge were painted.
If you would like to rent The Hive for an event, please contact Rick Stom at The Hive, 848-7866, or at