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Is the Renovation Needed Now?

“Maybe the university should focus more on maintaining what is already here rather than advancing one area and leaving another lacking.” Photo from: http://i1.wp.com/www.andassoc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/WhittHall.png?fit=476%2C305

Anyone who has been on Radford’s campus has seen the various renovations that have been happening across the campus. Whitt Hall has been under reconstruction for the entirety of this academic year, and the old apartments that used to be home to several humanities departments are long gone and are being replaced with a new parking lot. Just this year, the new College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences building, or CHuBS, opened up after several years of construction. Several of the dorms in Moffett Quad were reopened after renovations last academic year. In fact, it seems like as soon as one construction project is finished, a new one begins. All of these new improvements are very nice and provide great facilities for both students and staff, but is all of it really necessary right now?

There’s no arguing that many of the new renovations and additions to Radford campus are needed; many of these buildings are very old and are in desperate need of an upgrade. But the real question is whether or not these renovations are the best option right now. After all, there have been instances of various departments around campus lacking in funding and supplies. So far, none of these instances have been a real issue, but maybe the university should focus more on maintaining what is already here rather than advancing one area and leaving another lacking. This is not to be ungrateful for the new facilities that we have (they are very nice and very helpful) but more so for the idea of spreading the help around and making sure every department gets what they need first before we spend more money. Not to mention that sometimes all of the construction going on can cause a bit of trouble for students as it often closes off pathways people typically use.

Campus Starbucks Swap

Radford University has recently finished completing its new Humanities building, nicknamed CHuBS (College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences). It is a well-designed building with lots of great amenities and houses the recently moved Starbucks, which used to be located in the Bonnie. This is an interesting switch, with many pros and cons.

“The on-campus Starbucks can now accommodate its rather large clientele in a much better fashion than it used to.” Photo from:cdn.caffeineinformer.com

On one hand, Starbucks’ current location was obviously designed for it. It is a much larger space that allows people to have more freedom and breathing room than they did in the previous location. The on-campus Starbucks can now accommodate its rather large clientele in a much better fashion than it used to. It has better seating arrangements and furniture as well. The tables are much larger, with more seats (obviously), and there are even two fairly large areas with couches and love seats, great for lounging and relaxing. Even the counter and work area is much larger and better equipped, which makes the lives of the hardworking employees less difficult, allowing them to handle the large number of customers they help on a daily basis more easily. The storage area is also bigger and better, allowing Starbucks to sell food now as well, instead of just coffee and small pastries.

But there are a few down sides to the new location as well. Primarily, it is out of the way, tucked into a corner of campus and nowhere near many of the buildings that hold classes. While admittedly it is located inside a building that holds many classes itself, CHuBS is still only one of the many colleges that Radford University has. The next closest building that holds classes is Reed/Curie Hall, and the McConnell library is between those two. It isn’t convenient or really feasible for students to grab a drink or a quick meal between classes from Starbucks because of this distance. Even if they have an hour break between classes or if they leave early to go to Starbucks before class, it is still a significant detour to go there.

Zombies After Bark

Looking for some Halloween fun on campus? The College of Human and Behavioral Sciences (or, CHBS) and several clubs within the college will be collaborating to host an RU After Dark event on Oct. 30 from 8:00p.m.-Midnight in the Hulbert Student Center (Bonnie) and on the plaza.

They’re calling it Zombie After Bark and it will include a charity run, games, music, and movies that are both filled with Halloween fun and in an effort to raise supplies and resources for the Radford Animal Shelter.

Get your zombie on for a good cause. Graphic from Radford Events Calendar
Get your zombie on for a good cause. Graphic from Radford Events Calendar

The Zombie Run will begin at 9:45, after events starting at 8:00p.m. which include costume contests, a “Thriller” dance-a-thon and live music. After the run, refreshments will be available as well as the game room and a zombie movie (Shaun of the Dead) will be playing in the food court.

Come in your best zombie garbs, paint your face, practice that limp, and harness that hunger for human flesh as you chase some humans in the run. Dress like the zombie — become the zombie! And show off for the glory of being crowned Best Costume.

Haven’t danced the “Thriller” since last year? Youtube it now and get your groove on Thursday the 30th! (Might as well get some “Monster Mash” going while you’re at it.)

Enjoy the music, food, and games while watching the kickoff movie for Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy. (Better order the rest of it now, if you haven’t — you know you’ll be craving it after!)

Finally, don’t forget that in order to participate in the events, CHBS and the sponsoring clubs only ask that you donate an item from their list for the benefit of the Radford Animal Shelter. Items include but are not limited to: Purina Dog Chow, Purina Cat Chow, Purina Kitten Chow, non-clumping cat litter, bleach, and Pine Sol (Lavender scent).

Food and litter are the Radford Animal Shelter’s top priorities for donations and they prefer these items over monetary donations due to how much farther it goes than 10 bucks.

Do your part in supporting our local shelter and have a blast while your at it — hope to see all you lovely Whim readers eating some brains there!

COBE no longer king of the hill

If you thought that COBE was a castle, just wait until the new CHBS building is built. It was recently announced that Radford University will be spending approximately $52.8 million to construct a new building for the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences (CHBS). This massive building is going to be 143,000 square feet, making it the biggest building on campus – even bigger than COBE. Continue reading COBE no longer king of the hill