In between classes, Casey Nevins ’20 and Tyler Hubeny ’20 hang out in the library room of Watson Hall, their residence hall.
It won’t be a long break. Nevins, who plans to major in English, had 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. classes. Choir practice is at 4:15, and then she’ll attend an Earth Week activity where leftover trash from meals will be weighed at Marquis Hall. Every year, Lafayette students expand Earth Day into a week of ecological activities, from a carnival on the Quad to events at LaFarm, the college’s sustainable veggie-growing spot.
Nevins is hoping to cram in some study time.
Hubeny, who plans to double major in government & law and philosophy, also had class at 11. Another is scheduled for 2:45 p.m. Then comes track practice, and then he’ll go to his room to finish an international affairs paper.
So for a moment they’re chatting in the spacious lounge, a wood-walled room ringed with built-in book cases cluttered with dusty hardbound volumes.
One book, The Manatee, has become a dumb joke, a sort of conversation piece. Watson residents joked that someone should read something from the library.
So Hubeny has been reading The Manatee. The novel by Nancy Gardner tells the story of Captain Jabez Folgers, a whaler from Nantucket.
“It’s good,” he says.
After her work at ATTIC, the Academic Tutoring and Training Information Center, Alexandria Abacherli ’19, an international affairs and government & law double major, decided to duck into the Kirby Hall of Civil Rights library to work on her research methods paper.
She ascended the stone stairs to the third floor, where the cavernous library hides bookshelves that climb the high oak walls to the ceiling and mammoth paintings of the Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson watch.
The room is silent, but Abacherli pops in ear buds as she sits behind her laptop at one of the gleaming tables.
“This is my first time working in here this semester,” she says. “It’s a good place to work.”
Abacherli plays lacrosse, and first-year student athletes are matched with experienced counterparts for mentoring and guidance at ATTIC, the college’s tutoring program.
Housed on the third floor of Scott Hall, ATTIC provides peer editing and support options for most 100-, 200-, and some 300-level courses.