In the midst of long lines at the bookstores, tearful goodbyes to freshmen parents and constantly crowded crosswalks, one room remained ever quiet and peaceful: the meditation room on the fifth floor of Alden Library.
“[The room] was designed…to provide a space at the center of the Athens Campus for individuals to gather for meditation, reflection…and spiritual needs as well as the diversity of the OHIO community,” said Angela Woodward in a February Compass article.
The room contains few furnishings, serving as a place of meditation and reflection, she added.
Organizers collaborated with the Office of Architecture, Design and Construction to transform a conference room into the 441-square-foot meditation room with one overarching goal – inclusivity, added Woodward. Guidelines for use of the room, which will be open during normal library hours, can be found on the library’s website.
Last week, The Post reported Hashim Pashtun, a graduate student instrumental in the creation of the room, continues to welcome feedback on ways to improve the experience.
“What I was aiming for was a safe place for all — to come, get together, unite and meditate,” said Pashtun in the article.