Escape for a Study Break at Frank’s Lounge

USD's Frank Warren Lounge

With the inevitable grind of final exams upon us, Frank’s Lounge, located within the Student Life Pavilion, is available for that much-needed study break with pool tables, foosball, videogames, and TV for law students, grad students, and undergrads alike.

Along with La Gran Terraza, Frank’s Lounge was the last part of the SLP to open back in September of 2009 and houses three large high definition TVs, each equipped with a Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and Nintendo Wii. Additionally, there are two massive projectors that often show football and basketball games.

Charles Ramos, Dining Service Manager at USD, is in charge of day-to-day operations of the lounge, named after its primary donor, Frank Warren, of whom you might have heard if you attend law school here at USD.  “It’s a really simple idea that gives [the students] a place to go,” Ramos said. “The lounge was created because people want [that type of entertainment] on campus.”

In fact, as the stress mounts for law students, every Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Frank’s Lounge is host to a wide array of tournaments, from pool to FIFA ’11 to Guitar Hero, with prizes for first, second, and third place.

Joseph Heathman, a 2L, enjoys the lounge not only for its videogames but for its general atmosphere as well.  “I come here to study, actually,” he said.  “The chairs are really comfortable.”

Students can simply show their Torero Card and rent out cue sticks, foosballs, and the latest videogames.  “People check out games for hours at a time,” Ramos said.  And while your peers might think it a bit odd to play videogames with a final exam in 12 hours, everyone copes with stress differently.

Surprisingly, what Ramos sees as a disadvantage to law students is actually quite welcomed by many of the students of Warren Hall.  “The bad part is you have to compete with a lot of the undergrads as well,” he said, as a sorority with approximately 30 undergraduates held its monthly meeting nearby.

In addition to the entertainment, patrons can also order food from La Gran Terraza and have it delivered to the lounge free of charge.  Is there anything better than some chicken fingers, Playstation 3, lounge chairs, and sports on, all at the same time?  Well yes, probably, but this definitely ranks in the top five.

Additionally, the lounge encourages clubs to have their meetings at Frank’s.  While the entire lounge cannot be rented out exclusively to any one club, the club can still host its meetings on the premises.

Don't be a creep and stand outside taking pictures through the windows--come on in and lounge!

And of course if any law students have recommendations, Ramos is always looking for opinions.  “You law students are an important customer base, and it’s important to get a sense of what you are looking for as much as possible,” he said.

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Frank’s Lounge is open Monday-Friday 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

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