Students attending Lamar University may have noticed the blue wall surrounding the Setzer Student Center and the Quad.

While the Setzer Student Center and the Quad are undergoing renovations, both will be closed for the public safety.

“All projects cause inconvenience, but, in compliance with federal and state regulations and insurance requirements, it is necessary to fence off the active construction site to ensure the safety of students, employees and visitors,” Brian Sattler, director of public relations, said in a release. “When and where feasible, walkway access will be retained or restored as the project continues.”

A walkway will be added from the Family and Consumer Science building to the Archer Physics building.

“Careful thought and planning has gone into ensuring that during this period the university will be able to provide the same level of support to LU students, student government, clubs and organizations,” Sattler said.

The Barnes and Noble bookstore in the Setzer Student Center will remain open. Students can find the entrance by the Archer Physics building.

Additionally, the Food Truck Landing, which accepts Dining Dollars, is between Gray Library and the Dining Hall.

“When the project is completed, Lamar University students will have access to a new state-of-the-art facility that will serve their needs for years to come,” Sattler said.

On Nov. 17, 12NewsNow posted an article in which an LU student lamented that the school would charge “$500 per person, if you multiply that by like 30,000 students that are here, it’s ridiculous, it’s in the millions.”

The Setzer Student Center fee as it stands is actually $100 a student, $35 during summer sessions, and was raised from $30 as the result of a Student Government Association referendum in April 2012. The referendum passed with an 80 percent majority of 1,100 students who voted, and was then passed by the Texas State University System Board of Regents in May 2012. The price change went into effect during the Spring 2013 semester.

The fee goes to maintaining the building and toward furnishings. The remainder was held in reserve for the renovation project, which is currently under way.

Focus groups for the renovation were held in Fall 2014 and included input from students, faculty, staff, and an architectural firm. The renovation is projected to finish in January 2018.

For more information, call 880-7775.


Tim Collins

UP managing editor

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