“Fab Fourth” adds new energy in the library

This burger made from the garden begins with a pretzel roll, beef patty and goat cheese. It features crisp spinach, tomato, caramelized onion, tomato vinaigrette, basil pesto and vinegar relish.

Nathan Christofaris

The fourth floor of the University Library underwent major changes this summer and is now open for student use.

The floor, now known as the “Fab Fourth,” was created with commuter students in mind, said UCommute Coordinator Rebecca Kapler. UCommute is a new resource on the fourth floor available for commuter students.

“We really wanted to give commuter students the same experience residence hall students get,” Kapler said. “A home away from home.”

The floor is a modern student lounge and study area that also has six media stations available. These stations allow students to plug in their laptops and project the screen on an LCD display for everyone to see, making group work easier and convenient.

Kapler said she is happy with the success of the floor.

“There’s been a lot of students that return every day,” Kapler said. “It’s a good place for any student.”

Melissa Fabian, senior nursing major, spends a lot of time on the “Fab Fourth.”

“It’s the most inviting place,” Fabian said. “Some of the other floors, they’re like death.”

Jenna Titko, senior nursing major, said she appreciates what’s been done.

“It’s definitely nice to see our tuition dollars going to use,” Titko said. “They went above and beyond.”

Titko said that this wasn’t always her opinion of the library.

“I used to hate the library,” Titko said. “I wouldn’t step foot there.”

President Lester Lefton also addressed the “Fab Fourth” floor in his weekly email message Sept. 2.

“A modern, bright and open student lounge and study area that stands among the best of its kind in the nation,” Lefton said. “In fact, I don’t think there is a more fabulous floor on any campus anywhere. The ‘Fab Fourth’ is so attractive and inviting. I expect to sneak away from my office on the second floor when I want to catch up on my reading or find out what students are thinking.”

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