The Aerie, Yearbook of North Texas State University, 1985 Page: 38
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The Avesta Lounge was originally
devised as a music listening room for
NT students. The lounge offered a
system where students could pick
from a music library, check out a set
of headphones and listen to music of
their choice. But over the years of
use, it had been observed that the
lounge became a place for sleeping,
gathering, and a place for area com-
muters to spend between class
hours, rather than for its' original
purpose, enjoyment of music.
In 1984, it was brought to the at-
tention of the administration, Union
officials, and student leaders that
there was a need for a place where
faculty and staff members could go
for dining, gathering, and lounging. It
was then proposed to the governing
bodies of the university that it might
be beneficial to change the Avesta
Lounge to a faculty/staff lounge. It
would prove a more efficient use of
space and in the better interest of the
morale of the faculty if the Avesta
could be used by the faculty, staff
and alumni. The lounge would be
open to the faculty, staff and alumni
to meet guests or other faculty mem-
bers of a personal level. Prior to that
time, there had been nothing of this
sort at NT, though some depart-
ments offered their own lounge for
The administration, Union offi-
cials, and student leaders, believed
that it would also be to NT's advan-
tage to close the Avesta to students
and open the University Room to the
faculty. It was at this time that it was
expressed that renovation of the
Rock Bottom Lounge was impera-
tive. The remodeling included the ad-
dition of better lighting, seating, and
access. The new RBL then became a
multi-purpose facility. The loungers
who lost the Avesta would have a
lounge to go to in the afternoon
hours and the evening crowd would
be able to more comfortably enjoy
the entertainment offered at the
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