The Texas A&M Memorial Student Center is the essence of Aggie Spirit. It represents the fallen Aggies and is a living tradition on campus. The MSC is home to student organizations, a variety of different food, art displays, a bookstore and much more.
The MSC was recently renovated adding more dining areas and more space to relax. “It is a great place to take time off from your daily stresses and sit down, relax, and rejuvenate,” said Cris Bruyere, a senior business major. Compared to Evans and West Campus Library, the MSC offers a place for students to take it easy. “It is a constant reminder of those who have stood before us and why we are able to come to school at Texas A&M as free people,” said Cris.
The MSC is rooted with A&M tradition, considering it has been in existence for over 60 years. It is a place that old and new Aggies can find the A&M spirit. “It was a place to rest and recharge between classes,” said Theresa Lair, class of 1986. No matter the class year, students can describe the MSC as a soothing and pleasant place.
Uprooting such sacred ground was not an easy task. In order to complete the renovations, A&M was forced to close the MSC for three years. This decision upset many students in the sense that they would be losing their place to unwind. Some students were not allowed to visit the MSC upon arrival and were stripped of one of the longest Aggie traditions.
Although the absence of the MSC was upsetting, the new building is superb. Students, new and old, are supportive of what the MSC has to offer. “I think it is beautiful, inviting, and a tribute to the university. I think visitors to A&M will be impressed with the size and décor,” said Theresa.
With time comes change and the MSC is just one example of the growth at Texas A&M. “This campus and student body is constantly growing and changing on a daily basis, and renovations like the MSC are necessary for the future,” said Cris. The MSC represents the old A&M welcoming the new A&M. Even though the building is brand new, it represents years of Aggie spirit and tradition that can never be lost.