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AASU celebrates new student center

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Armstrong Atlantic State University cut the ribbon on a new student center Friday. For years students have been donating money to build the new $24 million, state-of-the-art, environmental friendly facility.

It's located in the heart of campus serving as a centerpiece for AASU. It's a place where students will soon be able to eat, relax and study.

"It's a glorious day, an important day to be here," said Somi Benson Jaja, a former AASU president. "It looks great outside and it looks great inside and we are ready to cut that ribbon."

While the student center won't officially be open until June, students flocked inside to get their first look at the 60,000 square foot building.

The building was paid for by students. Since 2007, students have been paying $90 each semester to make it a reality.

Inside there is a 300 seat food court style dining room, a 200 seat theatre, a coffee shop, a convenience store, lounges and meeting rooms.

Members of the AASU Student Government Association visited colleges all over the state to collect ideas for the student center.

"We took a little bit from here, a little bit from there to see what we wanted here and the finished product is one of the best in the state," said Somi.

The building is a "green"building, letting in lots of natural light that saves money on energy costs.

"It shows that armstrong is taking a step forward and helping our planet as well as being here to celebrate this momentous occasion," Somi told WTOC.

It was a momentous occasion and a magnificent building that students can call their own. No state appropriated funds or tax dollars were used to pay for any costs associated with the building.

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