Seven auditoriums to receive $1 million renovations

By Dalen Barlow —

Seven Arts and Sciences auditoriums are scheduled to receive a face lift. President James Ramsey recommended the auditorium renovations at this month’s Board of Trustees Meetings. The start date on the project has not been determined at this time.

The $1,100,000 project will affect three buildings on campus: Davidson, Humanities and Strickler. The The recommendation includes electrical, technological, and other minor improvements, along with total seating replacement.

“These Arts and Sciences auditoriums are among those with the highest usage on campus which, frankly, has worn them out.  They need a facelift which will give students a more comfortable, technology-friendly place to learn,”  said university spokesman Mark Hebert.

While spending at the university always seems to be under scrutiny by students, opinions on this issue could go either way.

“I agree that some of the auditoriums could use some minor changes here and there, but I don’t see why the changes should cost so much. None of the auditoriums are that bad,” said Lisa Hagan, an anthropology major.

English major Trever Campbell agreed. “None of the auditoriums need that much work. There’s nothing that wrong keeping students from learning. That much money does not need to be spent on something that’s in relatively good condition.”

Both Campbell and Hagan agreed that the money could be used elsewhere on campus.

Hebert also said that it is not yet known which building will see the renovations first. For students interested in the university’s spending, there will be a budget forum on the 2015-2016 budget held on Thursday, April 16th at 10:30 a.m. in the Floyd Theatre in the SAC.

Photo by Rachel Essa / The Louisville Cardinal

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