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Former restroom becomes newsroom

Trinity Western University’s student newspaper, Mars’ Hill, (named after the place where Greeks and Romans waxed eloquent in past centuries), is a biweekly for a student population of approximately 4,000. The newsroom is located in a former dorm and the staff was appalled to find out their space held the toilets, showers and washbasins in the old days. How would I know? It was my dorm decades ago. Sounds crazy, but it’s really OK now and answers for the high windows along the top.

It’s a small space so that four editors can work together with a matter of inches between the back of their office chairs and they can spin around for face to face chats. The small space off the editorial room holds a great deal of old newspapers, a counter for goodies and some wall space for planning and proofing. What does this coziness say about the facilities of the former dorm? Not a whole lot I suppose, but we had fun and I put together the student newspaper in a storage room back then, so there you go!


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