“We assume that they’re gonna contact us and Oggi’s, and tell us what’s in store, or maybe ask us for input,” Penn said. “I really don't know what the plans are or what our participation is.”
Dean of Freshmen Thomas A. Dingman ’67, who co-chaired the working group for College administrators with Leverett House Co-Master Howard M. Georgi ’68, said that the committee did not focus on how these businesses would factor into their plans for the Smith Center.
“We actually did not make any recommendations regarding ground floor business that I recall,” Dingman said.
However, Dingman voiced concern about adding a Harvard University Dining Services location to the Smith Center.
“There was some concern in our committee that if HUDS is struggling to make ends meet now, that if they add another operation using the same income base from students, that this could be a diminution in the offerings in the houses,” Dingman said.
For Courtnee A. Benford, a student at the Graduate School of Education, having a HUDS option in the Smith Center is not a priority.
“I like the local businesses, and that it’s not just a straight-up Harvard cafeteria,” Benford said.
House KeepingIn light of the fact that the university has experienced a 30 percent drop in its endowment and a decline in tuition and donation revenue, it is admirable that it has managed to keep financing for the housing project in order.
Houses Renewal To Review Climate ControlAdministrators saythat heating, air conditioning, ventilation, and accessibility will all likely be included in House renewal.
Old Quincy: A Test ProjectCome 2013, when the first stage of a series of renovations across the Houses is complete, gone will be the walk-through room setup and cramped quarters that plague so many inhabitants of Old Quincy.
Harvard College Social Spaces To Undergo RenovationThe renovations will freshen up several social spaces in the Houses and the Student Organization Center at Hilles.
Cabot Café to Reopen with Better Space, Cheaper Prices
Cabot Café Reopens Following RenovationQuad-based caffeine addicts can once again get their fix in the basement of Cabot House E entryway at Cabot Café, which re-opened Monday night. The café, which started last spring, has been closed since December for renovations.