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Goodbye Donahue and Archer

Leaving a building for the school year is one thing. Leaving it for the school year knowing you can never go back is a whole different ballgame.

Today the Donahue and Archer buildings on Temple St. officially closed. The buildings are no longer Suffolk University property, and the new owners take over starting tomorrow.

These buildings were the beginning of Suffolk University back when there was only a law school. More classes, events, and activities have been held in this building over the years than any other. Slightly or dramatically, every Suffolk student has been impacted by these two buildings.

It feels weird to be saying goodbye to buildings. Sure they’re just buildings. There are a lot more important issues, in life and in regards to the university, that should take precedence. A lot of people just see Donahue and Archer as the oldest classroom buildings.

But they were also the buildings with the Temple St Fair, the first place every student figures out what they want to join and what they want to do at Suffolk.

They were the buildings with SLI, or the people running all those clubs at the Fair. It was the student leaders and organizations that created the foundation of the school. And housed the lounge where you can hang out with friends, play pool, get free popcorn, and on occasion pet a farm animal or two.

They were the buildings with the Diversity Services office, where students and faculty make our campus as diverse as it should be, and make sure every student and faculty member are respected and heard. And give out free bagels on Thursday mornings.

They were the buildings of the Theatre Department and Performing Arts Office, where the theater kids could gather to create art. It housed the black box Studio Theatre, and the C. Walsh Theater. Dozens of shows were performed in the building, where generations of Suffolk students performed, wrote, directed, designed, tech-ed, or just hung out.

They were the buildings of the Registrar and Bursar’s office, where students either had their dreams realized or crushed – depending on if it was registration week or the week of tuition rebate checks. They also housed dozens of different academic offices, major departments, and activities that are too many to name.

So yeah, it’s just a two buildings. But for anyone who has experienced them, it’s so much more than that. Say what you want about sappy messages, but it’s going to be really sad to not be able to go back to these buildings next year.

On a personal note, I’m slightly heartbroken. After transferring into Suffolk, Donahue and Archer became my home. I met the majority of my Suffolk friends in the Theatre Department’s caf, and worked with them in these buildings on most of the shows I’ve done here. I got to see my first original play produced in these walls. I discovered what I want to do and how to accomplish it as a result of these buildings.

I’m excited to move into our new black box in Sawyer. Other offices and departments are excited to move into nicer and more updated spaces. Suffolk isn’t losing anything really. We’re just moving everything that was in Donahue and Archer into other various buildings. No majors are being cancelled or offices being removed. In all fairness, it was time everyone upgraded and moved into newer buildings.

So to the rich people who are going to be hanging flat screens in the luxury condos built in place of Donahue, or parking cars more than our tuition in the parking lot that will replace Archer: know how lucky you are.

We’ll miss you Donahue and Archer.

And below, see a gallery of images from the last day of Donahue and Archer.

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