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By Harel Williams and Rose Grabowski

UA Coordinating Committee Members

Dear UA,

What is the plan or the phase of the Coffeehouse replacement project? It’s 3:15 a.m., and I just thought of these ideas. How about building a couple of shower stalls somewhere in the Student Center? I’m sure you know that many students pull all-nighters at the Student Center frequently. If the Coffeehouse pool room is going to be left with no use, that might be a good idea for the students who have to go home to take showers and come back -- imagine living across the river.

-- Drrrty

This is what our UA Dining Chair, Reuben Cummings ’04, has to say: Plans for the Coffeehouse are to leave it as is for the time being. Last year, the Campus Activities Complex Board looked into alternative business proposals and decided not to move forward with any of them.

The idea of a shower is an interesting idea and will be mentioned to the appropriate people. The Dining Committee is looking into getting replacement vending services to provide drinks and food during late hours of the night.

If you have any more questions concerning the coffeehouse please contact me at Also, if you are interested in pursuing any ideas for the student center, you are welcome to attend UA meetings on dining and student life as posted on the UA Web site.

Dear UA,

I want to start a Bumble-Bee club where we make our own honey comb and study the mating rituals of different bee species. We would need a lot of capital investments initially, and are wondering if the current budget cuts at MIT will affect our chances of fulfilling our dream of home-made honey.

-- Bee-licious

At the Senate meeting this Monday Charles M. Vest, MIT president, came and spoke a bit about the budget situation and where the cuts will fall. He assured us that, unless the economy goes down the tubes dramatically from this point, the regular activities like UROP and funds available for undergraduates will not be reduced.

So there should be just as much of an opportunity now as there was before to start new student groups, including those dedicated to the all-American pasttime of honey collection.

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