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Students find refuge in renovated music practice room

Donors enhance campus, support student life

Archak Ranjan '21 plays piano in the Broome Closet.
Archak Ranjan '21 plays the piano in the Broome Closet. Photography: Jonathan Cohen.

When the stress of college starts to build, Archak Ranjan ’21 heads to the Broome Closet, a soundproof, music practice room at Binghamton University. Binghamton Fund for Excellence donors supported upgrades to the space. The Office of Residential Life and Edgar W. Levy ’84 designed and planned the renovations. Levy managed the Broome Closet when he was a student at Binghamton.

β€œAll of us who used the room had a bond. We had music and creativity in common,” said Levy, who wants students to experience the same sense of community.

Ranjan uses the Broome Closet to play the piano. After losing himself to the music, he feels at ease and ready to get back to the academic rigor of his major, biochemistry. Ranjan wants to get into medical school. With donor support, he's on his way.