Finally, after a hiatus of almost three years, E-Level has been returned to the Hopkins community.
The former bar, shut down in fall 1999 after a raid by the Baltimore Liquor Board, never really enjoyed much success in its afterlife as a venue for student events at which alcohol was supplied by third-party vendors. With any luck, its new incarnation as a dedicated student lounge, complete with game consoles and cheap food will be more successful. It's certainly a step in the right direction. The need for a central gathering place for students has been glaringly apparent for ages, and finally, some action has been taken.
Some kudos are deserved for this effort. Some go to Student Council, whose resolution started the ball rolling on the transformation of Levering. Some go to the Office of the Dean of Student Life, which is funding the endeavor, some to William Clem, Assistant Director of Levering Union, and finally, to the student manager of E-Level, Rodney Burris, to whom we wish the best of luck in establishing the long-neglected space in its new role.