By Eliza De La Flor / Copy Editor
Parking Lot J closed at the LAC allows the new home of the Math and Technology and Culinary Arts departments to be built, but the present impact on parking doesn’t leave students feeling optimistic.Jazzel Atienza, 21, a nursing major, said, “The first week is always terrible, but this semester I think it’s worse. They started when all the students are coming.”Atienza said she was not aware of the plans for Lot J. When told, she said, “I hope they also build a new structure, because many students are having problems finding parking.
And it would be nice to have parking close to the other buildings.”Chef Pierre Jues, head of the Culinary Arts Department, shared details on plans for the new facilities that include increased storage, several kitchens and audio-visual coverage of all classes to replace the current method of students observing instructors’ demonstrations in overhead mirrors during class.
A skills kitchen for introductory courses, a production kitchen for more advanced classes and a pastry kitchen will be constructed. All culinary classes will have access to a multi-use kitchen and possibly hosting the Baking and Pastry Arts Club. A demonstration kitchen will include stadium seating. The new building plans include a student-run restaurant and a retail area to sell creations by baking and pastry art students.