About 20 people came to the "Around the Circle" discussion titled "The Sonja Haynes Stone Segregationalist Center -- True or False?"
Senior Kameishia Wooten, the facilitator of the event, said the discussion was timed to coincide with today's groundbreaking ceremony for a freestanding BCC.
The BCC is scheduled to move from the Student Union into the freestanding structure in the fall of 2002.
Wooten said the BCC chose the topic because many people on campus have expressed reservations about the new building. "We wanted to have a discussion so students could come and address the issues and also so we could help clear up some misconceptions," she said.
Assistant program coordinator for the BCC Nadera Malika-Salaam said she thinks negative attitudes toward the center stem from ignorance.
"People don't even know the difference between the (Black Student Movement) and the BCC, and they are fundamentally different things," she said. "One is a university department -- the BCC, and the other is a student group -- the BSM."
The group also discussed the possibility of calling the new building a multicultural center rather than one designed around black culture.
But Ellis Keeter, a junior English major, said he doesn't think the present name is divisive. "I don't really think a name prevents people from getting involved."
Keeter then directed the discussion with another question, asking if a new building is better than just remaining in the Union.