Pride Center welcomes students for Coffee Nights

The atmosphere was lively and inviting at the Pride Center’s LGBTQ Coffee Night gathering, which is a weekly event that gives students a chance to relax, socialize and meet new people.

“It’s a good time for people to connect in an informal setting,” said Sarina Loeb Pride Center coordinator.

Loeb explained that the center decided to hold it every week for Spring 2013 because of students’ enthusiastic interest.The event was held every other week in Fall 2012.

“We have a lot of regulars,” Loeb said. “And as the semester goes on, we get more and more people.”

Coffee, hot chocolate and assorted cookies were set out for guests on a counter under the center’s big screen TV. Comedy Central played on the set while people lounged on the multi-colored chairs and group laughed over a board game in a corner of the room. By 6 p.m. all the couches were full.

Charli Gross, 20, communication studies major, has been to a few of the coffee nights.

“It’s a cool place to hang out. I like interacting with new people,” she said.

Coffee Nights are held every Thursday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Pride Center located across from the Student Recreation Center.