The Co-op is a student housing cooperative a block away from Bruin Walk that houses around 400 students. In return for reduced rent, students in the Co-op must work a four-hour shift every week in an assigned area, such as the kitchen, facilities, or mailroom.
Scott Mulligan, a fourth-year political science student, describes living in the Co-op. ‘’It’s weird, but a good weird,’’ he said.
A Dodgers flag hangs behind a window outside the John Essene Hall Co-op living space.
Fourth-year ethnomusicology student Jordan Aversar eats dinner in the Co-op kitchen. ‘’I don’t know who’s in charge here. It just seems like the system just keeps itself going. I’m sure someone is in charge,’’ Aversar said.
The students on kitchen duty prepare and serve food to the residents after they sign in.
The white-walled stairwell is plastered with spray-painted artwork, such as portraits of writer Jack Kerouac.
Fourth-year mathematics student Andrew Kenner (left) and Mulligan (right) met in fall quarter as roommates. ‘’I like co-ops as an idea. People pitch in to make things better – the division of labor makes things better,’’ said Kenner.
Stickers are posted outside Kenner and Mulligan’s Co-op living space door.
The living room inside the Co-op displays festive holiday decorations around the piano.