Students worried by the prospect of losing beloved study space on the third floor of Hatch Science Library can breathe easy today.

Yesterday, the National Science Foundation (NSF) denied the College's application for a grant to secure funding to convert part of Hatch into laboratory space.

President Barry Mills told the Orient that the College had no plans to find other sources for a renovation.

"I had said that if we didn't get the money, we weren't going to do it. We didn't get the money, so we're not going to do it," he said.

In late October, Hatch student employee Jennette Shepard '11 learned that a grant application had been submitted and started a Facebook group in protest of the possible renovation. As of Thursday the group, "SAVE HATCH Science Library!," had amassed 71 members.

Mills, along with Senior VP for Finance and Administration & Treasurer Catherine Longley and Senior Vice President for Planning & Development and Secretary of the College Bill Torrey, indicated that they were unaware of the reason the College's application was not approved by the NSF.

"We don't know why," Mills said.