Albeit a cliche, the ‘Coffee Room’ (Koffiekamer in Dutch) is the heart of the Faculty’s association. However, it’s a cliche based on truth; it’s the place members of Ibn Battuta use to come together and to enjoy a freshly brewed coffee. Ideal to discuss the latest courses and exams with your peers; to announce and to participate in the Ibn activities and of course to chit-chat and gossip about the association's’ life.
In the very beginning, the Coffee Room was situated at WSN 51. WSN is the former name of the Duisenberg Building and means Wiskunde, Scheikunde en Natuurkunde (Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics in Dutch), as they were previous users of the Duisenberg Building. The chamber was closely located near the faculty’s staff. Back in the days, it was allowed to smoke inside, resulting in crowded and smoky situations. In 2005 Ibn Battuta moved to a temporary building. Basically, it wasn’t more than a huge site office used to accommodate the study associations present in today's Student Plaza. Despite the noisy surroundings, dirty carpet, squeaky seating (one sofa broke down and wasn’t repaired) and all kinds of other mess, it was a very cozy place. Add some senior members to it, and the picture is complete.
In August 2010 Ibn’s Coffee Room moved to its current place at Duisenberg’s Student Plaza wing (5414.0013). The new room is again a pleasant and welcoming room with its characteristic glass wall. Because of this, and the high walls (yet not that high it reaches the ceiling..) honorary member Jan Dekker calls it the aquarium. Coziness comes through Ibn’s amazing members who comfortably relax and rest on the donated sofas (many thanks to the Groenewold family) after long lectures and difficult exams. Besides, one of the banks has broken down again. Maybe a new tradition is born. And of course, the room is colored and styled in the Association's colors; red, white and black.
Are you, like many of us students, drinking a vast amount of coffee or tea each day? Consider the Ibn Coffee Subscription! Instead of donating for each coffee, for only €20,- you can drink unlimited coffee & tea and get a free coffee mug. And, the best has yet to come: you can design your very own mug! Please subscribe by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or write down your name at Ibn’s Registration Billboard. This subscription has to be renewed every year, your old personalized mug can be replaced by a new one!