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News - April 3, 2015

Around Town

MEYER'S MEMORIES ... When the Stanford University Alumni Association marked Meyer Library's final day of operations in August 2014 with a Facebook post titled, "Goodnight, Meyer," the response was huge. Five hundred comments were made, including some remembering the library as a study haven, others bidding it good riddance and many celebrating the building as a venue for crazy moments. The 40-day demolition of Meyer Library began in February and will end mid-April, and soon the site will be transformed into a landscaped open space with walkways and benches. Most of the library's resources have been moved to the new Lathrop Library in the old Graduate School of Business, but Meyer's memories will live on: Bats made a home for themselves in Meyer's upper reaches and would occasionally send students under their desks or prompt them to avoid the top floor altogether; Meyer was also a hot spot for pranks and mayhem, including naked fraternity pledges running through the library's lobby, impromptu Band performances and a loinclothed Tarzan swinging between floors; in recent years, the giant "Beat Cal" banner hung proudly across Meyer; and initially the library allowed students to smoke on the third floor, but a spate of spilled ashtrays, burned upholstery, general disregard for rules and — the final straw — a wastepaper-basket fire forced officials to ban smoking in the library.

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