Mabe, Gary Juskowicik and Susan Lund established the Tuttle
trio pushes for late-night joe
idea that started out as a coffee stand has grown into a U.Va.
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students, Gary L. Juskowiak II, Michael Kay Mabe and Susan Lund
established an alcohol-free venue where students can hang out
late on weekends.
and Juskowiak were members of the First Year Council, and Lund
a council alternate, when they were handed an idea they said some
deans had been kicking around - a mobile coffee cart in the Tuttle
lounge. The trio transformed the idea.
started out so simple and then became so complicated that it went
into the second year," said Mabe, who with Juskowiak is graduating
this year. Lund has transferred to the nursing school.
Tuttle Coffeehouse is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights
until 2 a.m., with the lounge itself open 24 hours a day. The
large lounge has been subdivided with partial walls into spaces
where students can congregate. There are tables and sofas and
student art hanging on the wall. A variety of entertainers, including
student bands and others, perform regularly. An array of coffee
and fruit drinks, as well as some food, are served.
said there was nothing in the immediate area for first-year students,
forcing them to travel to get to events. He said the coffeehouse
provides students with a community center. And while the initial
focus had been on giving the students something to do on the weekend,
use of the space for a variety of events and activities has increased.
you see people studying here at all hours too," Lund noted.
stressed that as students, they had been able push through the
"We were just a group of students but the University officials
listened to us," she said. "They had their doubts the
first and second year, but if a student has an idea here, they
can carry it through. There is a great appreciation of student
ideas at the University."
three students worked out their ideas, presented them to the appropriate
administrators, worked with a designer the University hired, defended
their plan on a few crucial points and prevailed.
Harman, area coordinator for the Dean of Students and Residence
Life and Housing Division, said the coffeehouse has been very
successful, especially considering the amount of responsibility
first-year students took on.
performances attracted nearly 700 people throughout the Fall semester,"
she said. "It's a small venue - the lounge only holds 133
people, so that's a good turnout for weekend programming put on
by first-year students for first-year students."
who said the trio saw an opportunity and jumped on it, said the
whole process gave him confidence at being able to work through
the system. He said succeeding first-year councils have worked
on the coffeehouse as well.