Letter to the Editor

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This letter is in response to the Nov. 1 editorial titled “Hunt Library lighting changes campus image, needed student feedback.”

Carnegie Mellon architecture students Grace Ding, Fatima Kanchwala, and Arthur Notaro worked with their professor Cindy Limauro to design the new lighting for the exterior of Hunt Library. Like the lighting for the Pausch Bridge, the Hunt lighting uses green, energy-saving, and cost-effective LED technology and will be programmable, with the display changing as desired. In the larger project the students created, the façade lighting costs are covered by savings from greener solutions for interior Hunt lighting. Relighting the interior of Hunt is not yet funded.

The Libraries’ Student Advisory Council was consulted and does support this new initiative. Its members include Aaron Gross, Patrick Kelley, D.J. Schuldt, Jake Flittner, Jarrett Adams, Ben Guterman, Corinne Walters, Erica Spiritos, Arthur Notaro, Sam Faller, and Zach Cohen. I am sure that they would be willing to host any larger-scale student feedback event at which the lighting team could discuss its ideas and demonstrate programming options.

The Libraries’ SAC sponsored a 1,000-cupcake birthday party for Hunt Library last week. Almost 300 students signed and wrote comments to the Hunt family to thank them for the building. The Libraries will be having a thank-you dinner for the Hunts on the evening of Nov. 20 in the Maggie Murph Café. While the cafe will be closed, the building will remain open for Saturday night studiers. Perhaps those students and others will want to join the dinner guests in seeing the Hunt exterior lit for the first time at 7 p.m. A few students have been invited to the dinner, and I’m sure the Hunt family would enjoy having others join in a “hurrah for Hunt” cheer as the lighting comes on.

Please contact one of us, or any member of the Student Advisory Council, if you have further comments about the Hunt lighting project, the Hunt birthday, or other library issues. The Libraries are important to students and are attentive to student feedback.