For many years the communal student work center in the basement of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department was so cramped, dark, and primitive that it was nicknamed "The Cave"; a name and conditions that evoked the famous remark of Thomas Hobbes that life is "nasty, brutish, and short." Not anymore! In the past year the ChE department has moved its student work area into a light and commodious space on the first floor of Goessmann Lab and transformed it into a high-tech, student-friendly, cheerful hub known as the CRIB. That's short for ChE Research & Innovation Base. The transformation is thanks to a group of dedicated donors, the leadership of ChE Department Head T.J. Lakis Mountziaris, and a visionary group of ChE faculty overseers, who planned, designed, decorated, equipped, and modernized the whole area.