Alcuin renovations complete

Alcuin renovations complete

By Cullen Trobec
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Alcuin Library is back and fully open following the completion of the Dietrich Reinhart Learning Commons, a roughly 20,000 square foot addition that follows last year’s renovation of Alcuin’s main building.

The Learning Commons includes a plethora of new and improved resources for both students and visiting scholars. Students can now enjoy new group study spots, an outdoor terrace and St. John’s newest coffeehouse: The Schu. Alsofeatured are two new classrooms, a media lab and equipment rentals for the media arts.

Central to the new space is the goal of group discussion and collaboration.

“We were thoughtful about designing the existing Alcuin and the Learning Commons to have spaces where people don’t feel constrained whenhaving conversations,” CSB/SJU Director of Libraries, Media and Archives Kathleen Parker said. “We really want this place to be student-centered instead of book-centered.”

Reception from students has been positive. One of the only Commons-related hiccups has been confusion over the new Link stop located just outside of the building’s east entrance. Based on the current schedule, the Link stops at the Learning Commons on weekdays on the :45 of each hour, but only after 5:30 p.m. The schedule change caused some confusion for returning students who were accustomed to the previous Sexton-only stops of last year.

“I don’t like it because there’s no indication of when the bus will be at Alcuin on the Link App or on the TV by Johnnie Java,” sophomore Jack Cassidy said. “It definitely could have been communicated better. I missed the bus twice.”

Students with further questions about the Link schedule are encouraged to visit the transportation page on the CSB/SJU website.

PHOTOS BY SAMUEL BUTTERFASS • [email protected] • Students have a new place to study in the Learning Commons, with a convenient location next to the new coffee shop, the Schu. Students can also enjoy relaxing views while studying.

 

Three times the siblings, three times the fun

Three times the siblings, three times the fun

By Jack Colleran – [email protected]

Growing up with siblings can be a pain. You are left battling for all the crucial necessities: your own room, money from your parents and of course, the family car. Now, just imagine if you were one of three. That’s right, a triplet. Better yet, imagine that you all decided to attend the same college. For some here at CSB/SJU, this is a reality. (more…)

Studio One continues literary tradition

Studio One continues literary tradition

By Sean Kelly – [email protected]

The 42nd edition of Studio One, CSB/SJU’s literary and visual art journal, was released Friday, April 28.

Within the pages of this year’s issue lies an interview with Fanny Howe, a notable American poet who won the Ruth Lilly poetry prize, as well as submissions from people in the CSB/SJU community and around the world. While this year’s issue includes visual art that makes up most of the publication, there are still numerous poems and one short story. (more…)

MPR comes home

MPR comes home

By Katarina Podewils – [email protected]

Years ago, Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) first aired in Collegeville at a St. John’s recording studio. Only here for a two-day visit, MPR decided to come home to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

During these two days, a variety of events were held at CSB/SJU for the anniversary
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