Patio renamed Courtyard Cafe

By Craig Chamberlain

The patio at the Illini Union no longer is without a roof; it
also no longer is the "patio."

After sorting through 1,323 entries in the "Name That Patio"
contest, the Illini Union recently announced the winning
submission: Courtyard Cafe.

Two students, Patricia Marie Phillips, a graduate student, and
Darren Marsh, a senior in liberal arts and sciences, each had the
same idea and so shared the credit.

"I think it describes the space much better," said Robert
Mindrum, interim director of the union. "We were looking for a
kind of cafe feel to the place," he said.

After extensive renovation work, which included a new roof over
previously-open space, the former patio was opened for use early
this semester. According to Mindrum, "the response to it has
really been overwhelming."

Open all day for study space, coffee breaks, meetings and small
programs, the Courtyard Cafe is used in the evenings and on
weekends for a variety of performances and programs. Those
programs have included musical groups, comics and theatrical
performances, and have provided an alternative to the bar scene
on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, Mindrum said.

Though geared toward students, faculty and staff also are welcome
at the cafe, Mindrum said. In fact, the Illini Union program
staff is looking for ideas and participants for a noon program
every Wednesday called Cerebral Cafe. Those with ideas should
contact Dan Stoffel, at 333-3660.

UIUC -- Inside Illinois -- 1994/11-17-94