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Cardinal courier (Rochester, N.Y.) 2002-current, October 02, 2002, Image 6

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Cardinal Courier R e n o v a t i n g You glance up and down anxiously as your watch ticks the first two min­ utes. ... four minutes.... five minutes of class away. STAFF WRITER A N O R A N E R V IN A You glance up and down anx­ iously as your watch ticks the first two minutes.... four min­ utes.... five minutes of class away. Between those glances you spot the person in back of you, and through your rear view mirror, you swear you can feel hatred for being the next in line. And then FINALLY, there i t is...the perfect spot. You throw on your blinker, apply pressure to the breaks, and right when you get the wheel turned just so, and the smile on your face is happily growing to its full pro­ portion, you are slammed with the defeat of a Volkswagen bug resting snugly between two real sized vehicles. Sound familiar? It should if you have ever tried to park a t St. John Fisher College. Well fret no more. Along with the newly installed fiber upgrades, classrooms, elevating systems, and refurbishments that have been added to the Fisher campus, college officials are eagerly awaiting an approval from the town, of Pitts- ford on an application designed to offer students an 11% increase of parking spaces. According to Joe Burkart, Special Assistant to the Presi­ dent of Fisher, LeChase Con­ struction C. should begin work as soon as next fall to incorpo­ rate the 150 new spaces. “We want to incorporate a campus loop,” explained Burkart. “It would begin at parking lot A, adjacent to Skalny, and exit at Founders Hall. The primary purpose is to create a more pedestrian friend­ ly atmosphere. The current campus roads bisect the resi­ dent space with the campus space. We want to make it more unified and appealing to every­ one.” If granted, the addition to the current 1,400 parking spaces would be completed by the spring of 2003. Creating a more comfortable and accessible campus has been the mission for the 120 LeChase construction workers as they near the end of a $4 million ren­ ovation project that began in May of last year. Major renova­ tions that have already been completed include a complete refurbishing of the library’s main floor. “The new tables and comput­ ers are great,” said senior Emily Gregory. “It’s good because the hideously ugly orange carpeting is gone. It’s less depressive.” Along with refurbishing the library, Ward Hall has also undergone an interior makeover that includes new carpeting, painting and furniture. Renovations that are current­ ly in progr&ss include an. Ameri­ can Disability Act lift that will be installed next to the north­ west staircase in Kearny. Senior commuter Ed Lohmaier was pleased to hear about the addition, ‘'People with disabilities deserve the rights to access that everyone else hats, I think it’s a good change.” Renovations also occurred in the Skalny building. Still in progress, additions to the first floor include- a connecting class­ room to the physics lab, and the transformation of a storage room into a computer lab. A sec­ ond floor biology resource center will have computers and litera­ ture, creating a synchronistic space to work and spend tame together. Along with all new window replacements in Kearny an entire fiber upgrade has been added throughout the entire campus. “I think the renovations were needed to maintain the invest­ ment in the existing buildings,” Said Burkart. “Everyone from the Fisher staff was veiy sup­ portive. We appreciate their patience, and are looking for­ ward to censtructing the cam­ pus loop.” Email address: a n9233ibjfc.edu: Photos taken by Alexis Speck and Erin D orney

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