Find out which couches on campus are too soft, too hard, or just right.
Regent University can pride itself not only in its diverse student body but also in its diverse selection of sofas. They range from plush and pristine to downright crappy, not even worth the price at a garage sale. Every building on campus seems to have at least one sitting area with a few choice couches. After much deliberation, we at The Daily Runner made a list of those we found most noteworthy – whether they’re perfect studying spots or ought to be avoided.
1. The Giant Armchairs, Location: 4th Floor of Constitution Hall
While technically they’re considered chairs, the size of these mammoths make them more like couches. Just outside the elevators, these plush twin chairs wait with open arms. They’re perfect for curling up in, reading, or talking with a friend if you need a quiet place outside your dorm.
2. The Crappy Sofas, Location: Foundation Hall
Sadly, the all-girls Foundation Hall cannot boast of such glorious seating arrangements. On the second and third floors, also just outside the elevators, wait two unscrupulous couches. One is striped in hideous colors, all lumpy and sinking, making it impossible to find a comfortable position. The other is white (or it used to be before it started turning colors) and sports a long gash with the stuffing coming through. The cushions are pathetic, for while they seem safe at a glance, when you sit down they sink like a sad balloon. I’d recommend crossing the parking lot to Constitution if you need a quality reading spot.
3. The Fancy Sofas, Location: Robertson Hall
If you need to get in some last-minute studying between classes, or if you’re in the mood to people watch, then the couches in Robertson Hall are for you. Located smack-dab in the center of Regent’s grandest hall, these orange leather sofas give you a view of the lobby and the hallways of the floors above. Aside from admiring the lovely architecture, you can also watch students and faculty hurry about their routines. The Rob Hall sofas are not ideal when it comes to napping or a quiet, isolated place to study. But they’re still a place to sit down, and I find that sitting still in the chaos and watching everyone else rush around can be comforting every now and then.
4. The Nap-time Sofas, Location: Communication Building
In what’s commonly referred to as the staging area, there lives a family of the most wonderful leather sofas. They’re soft and sink in a little but not to the point that they’re uncomfortable. They are perfect for napping – perhaps the most napped-on sofas in the school – and provide a cozy space for all the Animation, Film, and Theatre majors that need a break from their busy artist lives. Adjacent to the staging area is the Greenroom with its own sofas. While the couches in the Greenroom are good for socializing, they’re not as soft as the ones nearby, though they can serve as a good napping spot if there’s just too much noise from the staging area’s frequent hustle and bustle.
5. The Secret Sofas, Location: Library Balcony
Regent’s library has plenty of sofas and sitting areas, but none is more revered than the prestigious third floor balcony. The location is not too secretive; it only feels that way because the balcony does not draw too much traffic, and its entrance takes some searching to find. But the balcony is well decorated with bookshelves and chandeliers and a collection of sofas. They aren’t the softest on campus, but this can be beneficial, as it prevents students from falling asleep too easily. The nearby windows overlooking the campus are an added bonus.
6. The Boring Sofas, Location: The Dorms
They certainly aren’t anything special, but they have a spot here because every student living on campus has had to deal with these not-too-comfortable couches. They’re nothing much to look at, but they serve their purpose well enough. Extra points for those students who drape much softer blankets over them or found some way to make them slightly more comfortable.
7. The Family Room Sofas, Location: The Student Lounge
The labeling of these sofas comes from the fact that they may as well be found in one’s living room. People eat and drink on these sofas. They nap on these sofas. They laugh, cry, and read on these sofas. Sometimes they even jump on them (which I highly discourage. Take better care of your furniture, fam).
The Devil’s Couch in the Student Lounge, Virginia Beach, V.A., Feb. 2018. (Emily Mowry)The couches in the Student Lounge have seen it all. It’s while sitting on them that students write essays, watch TV, pray for each other, etc. So thank you, Student Lounge sofas. Thank you for being there when we need you. Despite all the warmth and comfort of the beloved, plush, brown leathers sofas – there is a vile deceiver among them. And this leads us to sofa number eight…
8. The Devil’s Couch, Location: The Student Lounge
This is an urgent warning to all students and faculty who use the Student Lounge: one of the sofas is an imposter. It may look identical to all the other sofas on the outside, but beneath the cushions is a mess of stuffing and springs that leads to a dark and consuming abyss. Once the innocent and unsuspecting student sits down, the cushions give way, and the sofa attempts to swallow its prey. I myself am a survivor of the Devil’s Couch, having once fallen into its terrible jaws. With the help of another student, I was able to pull myself free before I was devoured. I vowed never to make that mistake again, but the Devil’s Couch has a nasty habit of changing its location in the Lounge, so one can never be too sure. I am convinced there may be some poor souls who did not escape and are still trapped inside. I pray that someday, some brave student will step forward and lead an expedition into the bowels of this foul piece of furniture to retrieve said missing students. In the meantime, take this as a warning to check the sofa cushion before you sit down in the Student Lounge – it might just save your life.
9. The Pink Sofa, Location: The Daily Runner Office
Finally, we come to the last sofa on our list, which is the lovely pink couch located in the office of our very own Daily Runner. It’s a great place for brainstorming, and it has occasionally provided that much-needed napping spot. We’d love to have you stop by and share your stories while enjoying the comfort of one of Regent’s cutest couches!
And that’s our list of Regent’s most memorable couches – for better or worse. Comment below to let us know if we missed any good ones, and please share your own favorite places to study on campus. The couches don’t have to have a monopoly on them.
Andrew Corder is a Department Head for The Daily Runner.