February 21st, 2006
The Daily Athenaeum
February 21, 2006
By Kevin Jeannette
Monday at 3 p.m. marked the grand opening of Eliza's on the fourth floor of the Wise Library at West Virginia University.
On hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony were student body president DJ Casto, University officials and a number of students and faculty eagerly awaiting the opening.
Decorated with blue and gold balloons, Eliza's was packed with students and faculty excited about the newest addition to the library.
While waiting in line for their free cups of coffee, patrons were treated to trays of fruit and flying WV cookies from WVU Dining Services staff members.
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Student Government Association President DJ Casto cuts a ribbon Monday at the grand opening of Eliza's, a new coffee shop in the Downtown Library. Eliza's is located on the fourth floor of the building and sells Starbucks coffee.
Eliza's offers a variety of drinks and snacks such as bagels, muffins, oversized cookies, Starbucks coffee, cappuccino, espresso, hot chocolate, juices and more for reasonable prices. The coffee shop accepts Mountie Bounty, Meals Plus, cash and credit cards.
"It is convenient because it is easier to get coffee and study at the same place," said Jessica Domer, a freshman secondary education English major.
After three years of the student government continually getting requests for a facility like this in the library, it was a nine-month process to make it all a reality.
Originally slated to be put into the basement of the library, Eliza's found a home when a space on the fourth floor opened up.
The fourth floor is an ideal location because it's a close distance from where students study. Also, the noise level can be contained so that students are not bothe red.
"It is a great addition to the library and amenity for the students," Casto said.
Eliza's will be open from 3 p.m. to midnight on Sunday through Wednesday and 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday. It will be closed Friday and Saturday.
"I'd like to thank the students for their feedback and the advisers for their help," Casto said.
The coffee shop is named after Eliza J. Skinner, WVU's first professionally trained librarian.