Moonlight Café has grand reopening

Jeena Gould PHOTO The Moonlight Café is located in the Shire next to the recreation room.

Tuesday night marked the grand reopening of the Moonlight Café, where Shire Mods residents were invited to take a break from midterm studies to fellowship over coffee and live music. Residents filtered in and out of the café from 7:30 to 10 p.m. for quality time with their fellow neighbors and an added caffeine boost for the night.

The Moonlight Café will be open once a week, rotating days as different resident advisors are on duty. Each time the café is open there will be some sort of specific event hosted by the particular RA on duty that night.

“The events will simply be opportunities for students to relax from studies or simply hang out, socializing with a “Monday Muffins” or “Tuesday Chai” type scenario,” Shire East RD Cara Jones said.

.A schedule with more specific information will be posted on the café door.

Jones said this is not the first time that this space has been used. She explained that the Moonlight Café started in the 1970s, providing coffee and music to students, but stopped because the past RDs and RAs stopped maintaining it. This space was used for different reasons and in the 70s was later used for the Moonlight Cafe. When this ended it eventually became storage and is now being turned back into the cafe.

Jones collaborated with Shire West RD Adam Higginbotham and the Shire RAs to take advantage of extra space and bring back the café.

“Not only is it a fun idea for an APU living area, it’s an opportunity for people to be excited about living in the Shire,” said senior theology and philosophy double major Lindsey Myers, the RA for I Court.

Residents and RAs alike had positive thoughts about the idea of a café opening in the mods.


Jeena Gould PHOTO
Shire F Court RA and RARs, going by the name of “3 Shades of Gray”, entertained the crowd with light hearted music for Moonlight Cafe’s reopening.

“I’m really excited that this is opening because it gives all of us an opportunity to get together over coffee and get to know one another despite having different schedules,” said sophomore computer information systems and theater arts double major Lindsay Burton, a resident of the Shire Mods. “It’s a very good addition to the Shire.”

The Moonlight Café will continue as long as the future RDs and RAs of the Shire maintain it.

“[This space] could easily be used as a room for storage or for junk piling up,” Jones said. “But if the RD and the RAs are intentional about keeping it open, providing menus for people to come in, then hopefully it will be open past this year.”

Ready, set, action: Shire hosts Music Video Awards

Shire resident directors Adam Higginbotham and Cara Jones reveal the trophy to be awarded to the winners.

Shire resident directors Adam Higginbotham and Cara Jones reveal the trophy to be awarded to the winners.

Residents of the Shire Mods rose up in friendly competition as they gathered on Shire Lawn Sunday to watch the first annual Shire Music Video Awards.

Students dressed according to their individual courts’ themes and arrived at the makeshift red carpet event with excitement and anticipation to watch the final videos. Each court submitted to a panel of resident directors an original video of a popular song to view for the the yearlong title of “Best Music Video.” The second- and third-place winners chosen by popular vote of the residents.

The winner of this year’s Shire MVA’s was F Court with its rendition of Disney Mulan’s “I’ll Make a Man Out of You”. Residents celebrated as they received the golden trophy of an antique film recorder as well as a free pizza party for the entire court.

“This event [was] a great way for us to get familiar with each other, to have fun together, and to breathe a little bit of a sense of pride, for lack of a better word, in our own living area – to make it fun to live in F Court,” said junior international business major and F Court Resident Adviser Brian Jessup. “It really [was] a dandy old time filming a crazy music video together.”

Shire resident directors Adam Higginbotham and Cara Jones agreed the event was an opportunity for the Shire Mods residents to step outside their comfort zones and get to know people they may not have known before.

“We had this event early on in the year in the hope that it would give the courts a chance to get to know each other,” said Higginbotham, RD of Shire West. “It [gave] the residents a chance to find out the different strengths of people in their court.”

“Even though we were pretty close before the music video, this definitely made us even closer because we bonded over all of our weirdness,” sophomore economics major Christian Murakami said.