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Biology Lounge Debuts

By Aaron Mihalik

Associate Features Editor

Here’s a nice surprise for all of the Biology undergrads: a new lounge is opening in building 68 exclusively for you. The lounge, located at 68-145, is a first for Course 7 students and will serve as a place for tutoring, studying and socializing.

“It’s brand new,” said Elaine Y. Wan ’01, Biology Undergraduate Students Association Co-President. “The biology department was generous enough to give up some space to let undergraduates use it for a place to communicate, socialize and study.”

The new department head, Robert T. Sauer, “thought that the students deserved a lounge,” said Susan Fitzgerald, the Biology course secretary.

One purpose for this lounge is to “increase the communication between biology undergrads,” said Wan. The lounge will improve the “unity and communication within the department.” Also the lounge “could be used as a tutoring room or a place for undergraduates to take a break.”

Before this, the Biology department didn’t have an adequate lounge: “At one point they had a room in the basement of building 56,” said Fitzgerald. “But it was a really awful room.”

The lounge fills two rooms in Building 68. The first room features with couches, tables, bulletin and dry erase boards. The second will have several Athena workstations and bookshelves. The resource material in this lounge includes various magazine subscriptions, course “bibles” and textbooks, and information on graduate school programs.

The department will celebrate the lounge’s opening on Wednesday at 11 a.m. with a student-faculty social.