USG Perks Up Reeves' Afterwords Café

Supported by USG funds, Afterwords now offers a comfortable space for independent or group study. Reaction has been positive. Photos Michael Clark '12

Afterwords café in the lower level of Reeves Library has a bold new look, thanks to the vision and funds of members of the USG (United Student Government).

A grand re-opening was held last week, February 10, although students, faculty members, and staff have been enjoying the comfortable new cafe—complete with new furniture, carpet, paint, and coffee kiosk—since the beginning of the semester. USG contributed $35,000 for the renovations (some of the funds are being reserved for future use).

"The entire space has been transformed," said Corey Koenig '11, student trustee and former USG president. "In past years, USG supported a prestigious speaker, but this year we decided to invest in something that would be of long-lasting value to the campus and students."

Students selected the Afterwords renovation from among several possible projects to receive USG funding. A committee of three students, advised by Katie Dantsin (USG advisor and director of leadership development), Kim Sherr (project manager and assistant director of planning and project management), and Linda LaPointe (head of technical services and research librarian), moved forward with the project, selecting the furniture and carpet and choosing paint.

Transparent partitions allow light to filter into the space while helping to redefine the new area as a separate study/lounge apart from library resources. Visitors also now have swipe-card (M-Flex) access to coffee.

"We've heard only positive comments," added Koenig. "It's been busier all day long than it was in the past. Clubs are meeting there. And students and faculty and staff are all using it more. We wanted a more comfortable, social space, and I believe we succeeded."