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From Table Tennis to Bocce and Badminton

Quality of life on campus square improved - Two table tennis tables have been placed - Outdoor games can be borrowed in the cafeteria starting June 7, 2021

As part of the new campus square design on Reichenhainer Straße, two table tennis tables have been placed in the past few weeks - in front of the lecture hall building (Orangerie) at Chemnitz University of Technology and in front of the cafeteria. "Both tables are already being actively used," says a pleased Prof. Dr. Marlen Gabriele Arnold, holder of the Chair for Corporate Environmental Management and Sustainability and Commissioner of the University Management for Sustainable Campus Development. This is another visible step towards upgrading this area and increasing the quality of life.

Those who do not have table tennis paddles and/or balls themselves can borrow them as well as other outdoor games (including badminton, bocce, Viking game, kubb, balance tower) starting June 7, 2021 in the Studentenwerk Chemnitz-Zwickau’s cafeteria located at Reichenhainer Straße 55. Once the cafeteria reopens, game rentals will take place there. "The issue and return of games currently take place while the cafeteria is open on the upper floor at the cash registers," says Vicky Loske, head of communications and continuing education at the Studentenwerk Chemnitz-Zwickau. Borrowed games should be returned to the cashier's desk by the end of opening hours on the day of rental, or by 11:00 a.m. the following day at the latest. A deposit is required for higher-value games. "Currently, all games are cleaned and disinfected in the cafeteria after each loan in accordance with current hygiene guidelines," Loske said.

According to Arnold, the funds to purchase the table tennis tables and games were made available through the Sustainable Campus Placemaking Initiative. This measure is co-financed by tax funds based on the budget passed by the Saxon state parliament. A total of approximately 4,000 euros was invested for this purpose. With regard to further measures for the design of the campus square, the university is in discussion with the city of Chemnitz and the Studentenwerk Chemnitz-Zwickau, in addition to Facility Management and the student initiatives "NATUC" and "Students for Future."

Contact: Prof. Dr. Marlen Gabriele Arnold, phone 0371 531-37012 (secretariat), e-mail

(Author: Mario Steinebach / Translation: Chelsea Burris)

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