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ISSUE 120 VOL 17 PUBLISHED 4/13/2007

Coffee brews in Rolvaag

By Tim Rehborg
Opinion Editor

Friday, April 13, 2007

Sponsored by the World Languages Center (WLC) on the first level of Rolvaag Memorial Library, coffee is now available for sale in the library.

"We've always wanted to have a coffee shop in the library,said WLC Director Renata Debska-McWilliams. However, due to problems with plumbing, it has been impossible to get the clearance from Facilities for the construction of an actual coffee shop.

GloriaJean brand coffee, which produces simple and sanitary coffee pods, may be found at the WLC help desk. Hot chocolate, tea and coffee are all available for 75 cents. Next door to the help desk in the language lab conference room is an easily accessible coffee maker which brews the pod into a delicious cup of coffee, right on the spot.

"We can order different flavors and blends of coffee depending on student demand, Debska-McWilliams said. "Our supplier is very flexible with our orders."

In accordance with the sustainability concerns of this campus, students are asked to bring their own travel mugs, as the center doesn't have mugs available. Travel mugs also make sturdier drinking vessels, staying in accordance with library regulations regarding food and beverages in the library.

"The library is a place for studying & coffee is permitted inside the library only in travel mugs with a snap-on lid," said Betsy Busa, circulation associate.

The new WLC, with foreign language videos and magazines, is a comfortable place to drink a cup of good, inexpensive coffee. "We hope to cultivate an area for casual conversation, a meeting space for students where they can practice their language, if they want, Debska-McWilliams said.

Lexi Herman '07 did not know about the coffee sales in Rolvaag. "I'm really excited. Sometimes a cup of coffee at 8 p.m. when the Cage closes is not enough to last until I'm done studying in the library, she said. "I need something to fill the gap.

Neil Hutton '08 has visited the WLC and did not find the atmosphere welcoming. "I visited the facilities. It's intimidating because I'm not in a language class, but I like the idea, he said.

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