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Cashier’s Office to Become Space for Students

By Kelley Rivoire

ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

The space along the Infinite Corridor currently occupied by the Cashier’s Office, which is slated to move to NE49, will become common space after the move.

A committee led by Chancellor Phillip L. Clay will determine a specific plan for the future common space, said Claude R. Canizares, chair of the Committee for Review of Space Planning. He said he hopes the construction of the new space will be completed by the end of the spring.

Canizares said that an architectural study two years ago found a need for a common area along the Infinite Corridor, and the common space will probably be primarily for students.

CRSP also considered using the location for offices related to student services, but decided that a place for students “seemed like a better idea,” he said.

Committee to make plan

A committee will be selected by Clay in the coming weeks to work with designers to create a detailed proposal for the space, said Canizares.

The committee will include representatives from the Division of Student Life and the Committee on Student Life, and will have ample student representation, Clay said in an e-mail.

Canizares said that he hopes a plan will be ready by the end of the fall term.

A source of funds for construction of the new space has not yet been determined, though, he said.

“Conceivably, there may be a donor,” he said; otherwise, the funds would come from CRSP, but they have not yet allocated any funds for it.

“There’s a lot of enthusiasm for this,” he said, so he does not anticipate that funding will cause any significant delays.

Students welcome idea

Students seem to like the idea of a central common area.

Rohit Gupta ’05, 2005 Class Council president, is preparing a proposal to use the space as a student lounge. His wants to create “an area where you could just relax,” he said.

As undergraduate lounges for different majors are spread across campus, “having a more universal lounge might be a good idea,” said Wesley Mckinney ’07.

“If there’s a spot where I can sleep, I would use it,” said Matthew R. Carvey ’05.

Services to decrease

The date for the move of the Cashier’s Office from 10-180 to its new location in NE49 has not yet been determined, said Assistant Accounting Officer Cheryl A. Whelan. In the meantime, she said, the hours and services offered will be restricted.

Starting Nov. 12, check cashing will no longer be available at the Cashier’s Office, with no alternative location available, Whelan said.

Beginning Nov. 15, the hours will reduce to 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition, the distributon of payroll checks will move from the Cashier’s Office to the Payroll Office, with use of direct deposit strongly encouraged, Whelan said. The sale of traveler’s checks will also be discontinued, though the MIT Federal Credit Union may add this service in January 2005, Whelan said.

The restriction of services and change of location are being made to lower costs, Whelan said.