TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — ASU students are just days away from the start of the all-new fall semester and some are doing it in style.
Fusion on First welcomed back the students who moved in on Monday. It is located on 1st Avenue and Filmore Street in downtown Phoenix with many students focusing on design, music, and fashion.
“This is our latest residential community focused on innovation and entrepreneurship,” said Lisa Joyner, Dean of Students for Downtown Phoenix. She says it’s a place that merges living and learning.
Joyner said the students are creating new businesses, hosting fashion shows and even playing live music. The 16-story building can accommodate over 500 students. There are rooms full of sewing machines for design students to create their fashion lines.
It even has spaces for storing music and podcasts. One of the studios was built by Jay-Z’s team. There is also a limited edition John Lennon piano with Yoko Ono’s signature for students to use.
“Students have the ability to go to their university spaces throughout the night, or throughout the evening, to put together pieces, put together music. It is their building. We really want them to cultivate innovation and entrepreneurship,” Joyner said.
Lauren Dunning, director of the J. Orin Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute, which oversees student entrepreneurship outreach, says it’s about giving students the resources they need to support their ideas and small businesses.
“Whether it’s coworking spaces or access to other online media and other training and different opportunities to support ideas at any stage,” Dunning said. .
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