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West Virginia University
The Lair
The Mountainlair Student Union Building at West Virginia University
General information
TypeStudent union
LocationMonongalia County, West Virginia, United States
Technical details
Floor count3

The Mountainlair, commonly called "the Lair" by students, is the three-floor student union building at West Virginia University. The current building dates to 1968 and replaced an earlier structure built in 1948.[1] The Mountainlair is also the site of American sculptor Donald De Lue's 1971 statue The Mountaineer, a bronze representation of West Virginia University's Mountaineer mascot.[2]


The student union offers many services to students including an information desk, lounges, a post office, movie theater, bowling alley, pool hall, video game arcade, a cafeteria, and several chain restaurants.[3] Along with these recreational facilities, the Mountainlair is also home to a large events ballroom, several meeting and conference rooms, and many administrative offices of the university. In addition, The Student Government Association (SGA) and other student organizations of special interest hold offices in the Student Organization Wing (SOW) of the Mountainlair, including the Hockey Club, Muslim Student Organizations, and Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity.[4] The Mountainlair is also home to the campus bookstore (managed and stocked by Barnes & Noble) and university shop.

WVU "Up All Night"[edit]

WVU "Up All Night" is a program designed to provide a safe environment for WVU students to socialize during weekends. The Mountainlair has hosted "Up All Night" every Thursday through Saturday during the fall and spring semesters since 1998.[5] The University provides free food and beverages, and entertainment such as movie screenings at the Gluck Theater, laser tag, game shows, astro bowling, comedy caravans, and casino night. The program has garnered national attention from other universities as a solution for reducing alcohol consumption and partying on college campuses across the country.[6] WVU administration have been asked to speak about its success at national conferences, and estimate the program's cost at $350,000 annually.[5]


  1. ^ Zeller, Karen (Summer 1998). "Mountainlair Turns 50". West Virginia University Alumni Magazine. West Virginia University. 21 (2). Archived from the original on August 28, 2008. Retrieved November 12, 2008.
  2. ^ "Art Inventories Catalog: The Mountaineer, (sculpture)". Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved November 13, 2008.
  3. ^ "The Lair". West Virginia University. Retrieved August 12, 2010.
  4. ^ "Student Resources-Downtown". West Virginia University. Retrieved August 26, 2010.[dead link]
  5. ^ a b "WVU officials say program worth the cost". Charleston Daily Mail. Retrieved August 12, 2010.
  6. ^ Lofstead, Becky (Fall 1998). "Do students have a right to party?". West Virginia University Alumni Magazine. Archived from the original on September 28, 2011. Retrieved 24 January 2015.

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Coordinates: 39°38′05″N 79°57′12″W / 39.63472°N 79.95333°W / 39.63472; -79.95333