By Madison Heun, Angela White, Jade Henschel, & Alexis Beck
The Phoenix Club, a popular space on the University of Wisconsin- Green Bay’s (UWGB) University Union, will soon be back to normal operations for Fall 2021.
During an average year, the Phoenix Club, located on the first floor of the Union, is a “hang-out” and dining space in the University Union where students come together. During the 2020-2021 school year, the Phoenix Club modified its operations to suit COVID-19 safety guidelines by the University of Wisconsin- Green Bay (UWGB).
The Phoenix Club is separated into two spaces; the dining side and the game side. The two areas have been altered, hours have been shortened, and staffing policies changed. Currently, the Phoenix Club is opened from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m versus 8 a.m to 11 p.m. Also, only one employee is allowed to work at a time to leave space for social distancing.
The dining side is a place for students to eat, do homework, and enjoy events. Previously, the Phoenix Club hosted game nights, Packers watch parties and even concerts. Due to COVID-19, these events and gatherings have been halted. Currently, the dining side of the Phoenix Club is being used to store furniture the Union is not operating at the moment.
The game side of the Phoenix Club is still open, but games and seating are limited.
Evelynn Ehrlich, Phoenix Club Coordinator, says, “We don’t have video games available. We have two pool tables open compared to the normal five. Table tennis has been moved to the Kress [Events Center], shuffleboard and foosball are closed off as well.”
The seating on the game side is limited to students for students to eat. Right now, only two students are allowed at a table at one time.
Kraig Patenaude, a student at UWGB, says, “I miss the dining side being open to students. The booths allowed students to meet together as friends and do homework together in a relaxing environment.”
For the Fall 2021 semester, the Phoenix Club is expected to resume typical operations.
“With the reopening of the dining side, we will need to ease up on some of our restrictions like how many people can be working behind the counter and the number of people allowed to sit at tables,” Ehrlich says.
Although Ehrlich is graduating this semester, she adds, “[The Phoenix Club] is a unique space that has multiple functions, and a lot of students seem to love it. I like that it’s a space I know students want to be.”