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Student body president Kyle Malinowski ’11, president Joanne Glasser and library executive director Barbara Galik cut a ribbon signifying the offical grand opening of the library's new coffee cafe.
By Melissa Vogrin ’10
Students, faculty, and staff celebrated the grand opening of the first-ever coffee cafe in the Cullom-Davis Library on Wednesday, September 2, 2009, complete with free samples of hot coffee and fresh pastries. Natalie Betscher ’10, a student worker in the cafe, said she was pleased with the number of people who attended the ceremony, adding, “After the ceremony, we continued to be busy in spurts through the day, and we’ve had steady business since the cafe opened on Monday.”
Located on the first floor in the break room with the vending machines, the cafe features a glass-enclosed pastry counter and coffee center surrounded by comfortable, casual seating. Starbucks-affiliated, the cafe currently offers a selection of pastries and hot coffees also served at the other branches of the popular franchise.
Aside from upgrading the refreshments from typical vended chips and soft drinks to fresh muffins, fruits, sandwiches, salads, yogurt parfaits, energy drinks and bars, and, of course, a variety of coffees, the cafe was designed to be conducive to studying and group projects. The library staff intends for it to be used as a social lounge, as well. “We have also done some rearranging to create casual seating with additional tables outside the cafe,” said library executive director Barbara Galik. “I hope students plan to meet their friends here and relax in the library.”
President Glasser described the cafe as something of an oasis that “offers a welcome respite for students, a place to relax and re-energize.” She was particularly pleased to see so many students at the grand opening because “this is a place for students. Students asked for this kind of facility right in the library. We heard your requests and Bradley responded.”
Student body president Kyle Malinowski ’11 also spoke at the opening ceremony, adding, “The cafe is important to the student body and an inspiration to all current students and those to come… Students have a powerful voice at this University. The cafe is a fantastic example of what can be done when we put our minds to the task.”
As President Glasser finished speaking, she handed out a homework assignment to the students. Since the cafe currently does not have a proper name, a naming contest is planned for this semester.
Both QuickCash and campus meal plans are accepted at the cafe. Open week days from 10 a.m. to midnight, the cafe is also open 6 p.m.-12 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.