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‘There’s no other place like it on campus’

Looking for a new place to lounge, study, meet with a small group, or host community events?

What’s Poppin’, a new space that opened on Northeastern’s Boston campus this fall, is  furnished with couches and chairs and has Wi-Fi access, flat-screen TVs, and multiple private meeting rooms.

The space is located along a bustling stretch of Huntington Avenue between Speare Hall and the B.GOOD restaurant.

Students lounge in the What’s Poppin’ space on Sept. 26, 2018. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

Since opening on the first day of classes, What’s Poppin’ has expanded its hours and seen an increase in both foot traffic and interest in hosting events there, according to Emily Hardman, who directs student programming and communications for Northeastern’s Student Affairs office. “There’s no other place like it on campus,” she said. “It’s conducive to many different kinds of events.”

The Northeastern community can follow What’s Poppin’ on Twitter and Instagram to find out when the space will be open, which varies from day to day, and what events will be happening there. Hardman said that the goal is for the space to be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Mondays through Thursdays, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays.

On a recent Tuesday, What’s Poppin’ opened in the morning for a few hours, closed down, and then re-opened in the early afternoon, when students popped in to study and relax. Later in the day,  the smell of popcorn filled the air as Northeastern Votes, a non-partisan initiative within the Student Government Association, hosted an event to help students register to vote ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

A student receives a henna tattoo in the What’s Poppin’ space on Sept. 26, 2018. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

Casey Waskiewicz, who chairs the elections committee for Northeastern’s Student Government Association, said What’s Poppin’ served as a convenient space to host the event. “I think it will be really functional for a lot of different types of organizations,” said Waskiewicz, a second-year student who is studying political science and international affairs.

In recent weeks, What’s Poppin’ has hosted several other activities. Off Campus Student Services ran a fire safety awareness workshop, while students made tarts and bamboo plants at other events.

Northeastern students, faculty, and staff who are interested in hosting programs in the space can email Emily Hardman at

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