The Octo-Wedge, also known as the Fire Place Room, is located opposite of the Information Desk in the Campus Center. It features a closed-in, gas-fueled fireplace and many comfy chairs and small tables. Matt Zielonko also lives there.
The basis for the room's nickname is mix of simple geometry and historic WPI social phenomena. The "octo" part comes from the room's shape. The "wedge" part has to do with another famous WPI area, the Wedge. A group of students used to populate the wedege and lower-wedge late at night. These students came to known as wedge rats. Once the lower wedge was renovated however, they sought another common yet physically separate space to occupy. This new space was at the time known as the Fire Place Room. Once it became obvious that this was the new home for the wedge-rats, the current nickname of Octo-Wedge was born.
Differences from WedgeEdit
The Octo-Wedge is of course different from the Wedge and Lower Wedge in many important ways. The most noticeable being that fact that the Campus Center is closed at night whereas the lower wedge was always open and thus was a late night hangout for wedge rats. Also the Octo wedge is furnished with the same tables and chairs that are featured on the third floor of the Campus Center and are much nicer than the furniture in the Wedge (the lower wedge was almost entirely un furnished. Finally the Octo Wedge is much smaller than the Wedge or Lower Wedge and so cannot be home to many of the large scale fun-type activities that used to occur in the old locations.