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Spotlight of the Week

The 24-Hour Coffeehouse

By Katie Jeffreys

The 24-hour Coffeehouse on the third floor of the Student Center provides a valuable resource to the MIT community: caffeine-filled drinks and sugary snacks at any hour of the day or night. The value of the Coffeehouse becomes even more apparent at a late point in the term like the present, when students are up at all hours of the night finishing final projects and studying for final exams.

In addition to this wealth of nocturnal junk food, manager John Morgan Gerdel, ’00 asserts that, “Since the workers and managers are students, we can really provide a unique environment, unlike anywhere else on campus.” This atmosphere, including comfortable seating and funky music, is a draw to many students who seek a spot to study that is outside of their living group but has more personality than the library.

The Coffeehouse also has big plans for the future. The managers hope to expand the “coffeehouse series,” in which live performers entertain students in the Coffeehouse setting.

The Coffeehouse will also be more earth-friendly. Gerdel said, “Recently the Coffeehouse has started a recycling program. We recycle glass, plastic, and aluminum cans. Paper recycling is also in the works.”

In addition to these changes, major renovations will soon take place through the Senior Gift project, thanks to the Class of ’99. The managers hope to “upgrade the lighting and furniture, and expand the Coffeehouse. Integrating these improvements into a professional design would really give the Coffeehouse the character it needs to be a successful center of student activity,” said Gerdel.