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Hard or Soft?

The choice between soft and hard furniture is among the main considerations of a committee charged with evaluating future uses of the space currently occupied by the Cashier’s Office.

The idea is to create a community space “with a student focus,” said Deborah R. Poodry, Director for Capital Project Development.

Soft furniture, such as that on the first floor of the Student Center, would allow students “informal access to sit and do things,” while hard furniture would be ideal for a study space, Poodry said. Both these uses of the space were suggested at a forum held in December, attended mostly by students, she said.

In past few months, the committee also studied other spaces around campus and “what’s been more and less successful” about them, she said. They will send a report of their findings in the coming weeks to Chancellor Phillip L. Clay, she said.

No date has been set for the move of the Cashier’s Office from its present location, said Assistant Accounting Officer Cheryl A. Whelan.

Assistant to the Controller Paul J. Arsenault said that there is presently no schedule for announcing the date of the move, but the MIT community will receive two months notice before the office relocates.

--Kelley Rivoire