Whitman’s facilities can only be described as nothing less than state-of-the-art. Among students, there are no complaints. The Fouts Center for Arts, the Sherwood Athletic Center, the Baker Ferguson Fitness Center, Penrose Library, the Science Building, and Reid Campus Center were all recently built or renovated. Olin Hall, the humanities building, also recently received some minor changes, and plans are in the works for renovations in Harper Joy theatre and Maxey Hall, the social sciences building.
Although only certain sectors of the Whitman population may profit from a majority of the recent renovations—as Fouts is a dream come true for art majors, rock climbers adore Sherwood, and bio majors wish they could live in the Science Building—Penrose and Reid are the favorites among all students. Penrose Library is open 24 hours a day, allowing students a study spot at any hour, day or night, with a café that is open late. Students praise its large windows overlooking Ankeny field, the selection of movies available to rent, and the variety of study spaces, from private rooms to comfy couches, from group study desks to individual carrels. Reid Campus Center offers a non-traditional dining hall, study and lounge space, student mailboxes, the bookstore, and offices for many student services. Many students feel spoiled with the new and pristine facilities. The high quality definitely makes a difference in how pleasant it is to be on campus, contributing to the campus’s already beautiful natural setting.