I appreciate the fact that UIU's technology will be upgraded in the future; however, my comments concern more immediate problems in Colgrove-Walker.
1) CW does not have central air conditioning and relies on window units in offices and a few window units in classrooms that do not work very well.
On many occasions, it has been so hot in the classrooms that students have difficulty concentrating. The students are the sole reason that we are all here and we must provide "user friendly" environments for them. Sweltering in one's own sweat does not qualify. We need to fix this problem, regardless of cost.
2) Only two classrooms in CW (201 and 103) have both VCR and DVD player. All the rest except 204 and 215 have VCRs only. 204 and 215 rely on a portable VCR and TV on a cart.
VHS technology is dying quickly -- national chains such as Best Buy do not even sell pre-recorded VHS tapes any more. We need functioning DVD players installed in every classroom.
Thanks for the opportunity to express my opinion.
Comment 4: Co-Curricular
While I believe that co-curricular activities do indeed enhance the college experience, I do not agree that they should take priority over an academic building on the Fayette campus that is in need of a total rennovation (Colgrove-Walker), if not a complete re- build.
Half of the $30 million plus projected budget is planned for new construction & remodel of residence halls. I'm not sure how having a deluxe dorm room "develops lives of purpose" or "life skills." Especially since current enrollment does not fill the rooms we have.
$1.7 million is planned to enhance the Athletic Department facilities -- isn't the new Recreation Center supposed to provide "social and recreational" opportunity for all students -- not just the athletes?
It is my opinion, that the smallest amount budgeted ($32,500) is the most important -- bringing speakers to the university to open students' minds and "extend the learning in the core curriculum." This bugeted amount should be increased significantly. Bringing