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Closing the Coffeehouse

At the beginning of the semester, the management of the Coffeehouse on the third floor of the Student Center declared that the Coffeehouse would no longer be open around the clock. This measure was introduced to reduce financial losses incurred during the slow day time hours. Little did the community know this was the final attempt to rescue the Coffeehouse from its imminent demise.

In December, Phillip J. Walsh, director of the Campus Activities Complex, announced to the Coffeehouse mailing list that the student-run food sales portion of the Coffeehouse would close forever at the end of the fall semester because of severe financial losses during the previous year. Eventually a professionally-run food establishment may take its place, but at this point details are not known.

The Tech notes with sadness the recent passing of the Coffeehouse and the continuing de-geekification of MIT. If the MIT administration wants a greater sense of community, then they need to be willing to pay for it in ways such as supporting the Coffeehouse regardless of its ability to turn a profit. The administration’s strategy for fostering community so far has been an enigma to us. We hope they know what they are doing.