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Science Center Construction: Why You Should Care

Mike Rosenfeldt, Public Relations Editor and Staff Writer

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As you walk around campus you may have recently had to change your route from class to class. The fenced-off construction area isn’t making it easy to navigate around campus this fall and some of the construction work might be interfering with your actual classes. So what’s the big idea here? What’s all of this for? 

This spring Marian launched a new comprehensive campaign called “The Marian Campaign: Inspired Students, Stronger Community.” This $13 million campaign is focused on expanding and improving our university by increasing enrollment, lowering educational costs and renovating our science center. Of the $13 million raised, $1 million will go towards Marian’s endowment fund, which helps offset tuition, and the other $12 million will be used to renovate and expand the current Ben Sadoff Science Hall.  

Why is this relevant to you? As proud Marian students, we know that our professors are dedicated to giving us the highest quality of education possible, and they do a great job at it. Having said that, our education could be strengthened more with state-of-the-art tools and facilities. The current science center feels dated compared to that of other Universities. While we have an amazing team of professors, Marian is still very focused on providing us students with the most current tools to enhance our education.   

Construction is not a quick process and some of us graduating students won’t get to experience this new state-of-the-art facility. What we’ll have to put up with instead is the unpleasant construction. We’ll have to change our routes around campus and feel buildings shake as construction takes place during class. But it’s not all for us graduating seniors; it’s for every student in the years to come who gets to call him or herself a Sabre.  

Past Marian students had to put up with the same construction problems so that we could enjoy the Stayer Center. Now it is our turn to deal with noise and restricted sidewalks so future students can benefit from the new Dr. Richard and Leslie Ridenour Science Center. That’s what Sabre pride is all about—we live out Marian’s core values and wish for the university’s continued growth with and without us. So while you walk past the newly fenced-off area or hear the jackhammers during class, be proud that Marian will continue to grow and educate our community for many years to come.  

If you would like to contribute to the Marian Campaign or learn more, you can get all the information you need here or by stopping by the Office of Advancement in Duplex 74.  

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