Student lounge named for Knox president

From The Register-Mail:
Knox College held a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony Friday of the long-awaited, newly renovated student lounge in the basement of Seymour Union.

While the lounge’s many amenities, such as a performance area and wide range of table-top games, came as a surprise to the students, none was more shocked than Knox President Roger Taylor, as Student Senate President Sam Claypool announced the name of the Taylor Student Lounge.

Taylor choked up upon hearing the lounge was named for him, as the crowd cheered and encouraged a speech.

“For the first time in 10 years,” he said with tears in his eyes, “I’m speechless.”

Claypool said Taylor was the “automatic” choice when the Student Senate first began discussing naming rights to the lounge, which was just approved by the Knox Board of Trustees on Tuesday.

“In the first year that the committee was created four years ago, I was like, ‘Oh my gosh,’ telling all my friends about it, but after some bumps got in the way, we all lost sight of it and didn’t think it would ever come to fruition,” Claypool said. “President Taylor never took his eyes off of it, and it’s because of him that we’re here today.”