CUB celebrates its official grand opening


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On Sept. 7, the Ceddia Union Building (CUB) held its official Grand Opening Celebration. The afternoon was filled with several games and prizes. Some of the games included PLANKO, similar to PLINKO from the game show “Price is Right,” and a dice game in which students had a chance to win a semester’s worth of books.

“Today, you see the dramatic results next to me,” said Shippensburg University President William Ruud. “An impressive state-of-the-art facility that continues to serve as the heart of student activities. We should remember that this project from the start was student driven. I think that’s very important to all of us at Shippensburg University,” he said.

Anthony F. Ceddia, former president of Shippensburg University, was also in attendance. During his speech, he said, “When the trustees designated this building with my name, it was a very humbling experience, and it still is. The building is more than just a name, it’s a place.”

After Ceddia’s speech, there was recognition of the contractors who designed and executed the planning of the CUB.

Additionally, Darrell Claiborne, who is the director of the University Union and Student Activities, also made an appearance. He is known for his hard work and dedication in the running of the CUB.
In an interview, Claiborne felt the CUB has improved since its last renovations.

He believes the CUB has expanded not only in the layout of the building, but also in the food options. Recently, the CUB is striving for a Leadership in Energy and Environment Design Silver Certification.

This means that the building would eventually be operating on a more energy efficient level, and in turn, would achieve this accreditation.

He also believes, even though the CUB has always been welcoming, now it is more welcoming and more vibrant. Regarding the addition of the UPS store in the CUB, he feels it will create a connection with the local community and bring more traffic to campus to use the facility.

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“I think a lot of people come out because they always like the stuff that’s being given away,” Claiborne said. “Our goal is to try to make sure that we’re always giving back to the students because it’s the one building that students pay for.”

When he was asked about future activities at the CUB, he mentioned a few noteworthy events. He mentioned that this is the first time that the entire CUB will be used for the upcoming homecoming party.

Claiborne also mentioned that “America’s Got Talent” finalist, David Garibaldi will be coming to SU to perform his act, which is a mixture of painting and dancing.

These upcoming events have the SU campus buzzing with excitement.


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