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rarer when this was a parking lot. However, when it is empty, it feels empty—more than any other spate on campus. And it is empty for most of the day.

To further explore this issue, I talked to about 10 people sitting in the space who were unaware of any criticism of the plaza.

When f asked them what they liked and disliked about it, its openness actually came up on both lists. "The openness of it makes me feel really relaxed," said Collin Suh, a freshman in the College of Human Ecology. Claire Aucella,asophomore food science major, agreed. "It's nice and wide

The size of the paved area and its lack of programming have led some to criticize the space. Many feel the plaza works better for events than in Its day-to-day use.

open," she noted. "I like having a view from where I sit."

However, other students bemoaned the lack of cover. 'It's hard when it's sunny because you can't really avoid the sun," said Caryn Berley, a student in the Col lege of Arts and Sciences. Maria Pittarelli, a sophomore, said the plaza was very bright and there were very few places she could see her laptop screen when she wants to work outside here.

Some students recognized the space's potential for putting on a performance. "I've always wanted to do a show here," said Megan Halpern, agrad student in communications. "We don't have a lot of nice open spaces like this." Berley said she actually saw a dance troop perform here the other day, trying to recruit members, and Chris Hardy, Student ASLA, a grad student in landscape architecture, confirmed that a

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