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Cashier’s Office Moves To NE49 from Infinite

By Hanhan Wang

The Cashier’s Office closed its office in the Infinite today and will re-open tomorrow in its new location in NE49-3077, according to a press release from the Controller’s Accounting Office.

A community lounge will replace the spot left behind along the Infinite. A committee of students, designers, and Student Life Programs administrators are working to design the new lounge. Although designs are not yet final, the new lounge promises to provide an open community space, said Claude R. Canizares, chair of the Committee for Review of Space Planning.

The future of the infamous super-sized dollar bill painted around the old Cashier’s Office entrance has not yet been determined, Canizares said.

The committee originally planned to replace the giant dollar with a glass wall, but architectural difficulties may hinder these plans. “If the dollar bill is removed, there will be efforts to memorialize it,” Canizares said.

Before the end of September, demolition will begin on the space, Canizares said, and the new lounge should open by the end of fall term or January next year.

“This is a central part of campus, and here’s a place to stop and sit” or use a laptop computer to do work, he said.

Assistant to the Controller Paul J. Arsenault said the Cashier’s Office move was delayed by two days so workers could finish installing security at the new office, located on the corner of Main Street and Portland Avenue, right next to the MIT Federal Credit Union.

“We are trying to work with departments to make it an easy transition,” Arsenault said.

Last year’s senior class donated $1,131 amount to the Class of 2005 Lounge Fund, and an additional $1,710 was matched by Gregory Moore ’73, the Fibonacci Challenger for the first year of the challenge, said Rich Jacobson, associate director in Class Giving Programs. He said that an additional $10,877 has been pledged over the next five years.

The Cashier’s Office offers services including accepting cash and check deposits and redeeming petty cash.