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Construction Roundup

November 18, 1999

Judith Zwolak

New dining offerings in the University Center are just some of the changes returning students and faculty members will see this fall semester. The perennial shopping mall fixture, Chick-fil-A, now shares space with Taco Bell in the new University Center food court configuration, says Rob Hailey, associate vice president for auxiliary services and campus recreation.

Other additions include Mings, an Asian-style hot-food area next to the established hot-food line. All other food vendors, except the bagel sandwich deli, will remain, although in a slightly different layout. The changes came after a yearlong survey of students by Sodexho-Marriott, the company that manages the UC food court.

Some new and renovated buildings will also greet returning students this fall. The Willow Street residences, located on McAlister Extension and Willow Street, welcomed its first students in late August. The residence will contain a leadership village, which will house upper-level students who have made contributions to Tulane through leadership and scholarship endeavors.

Also included in the residence facility is an urban village-a community for students with an interest in city life and urban affairs. Rue de la Course, a local coffee shop, will open a branch in the residences this semester. Robert C. Cudd Hall, formerly known as the Arts and Sciences Building, opened in July after renovation over the past year. A dedication ceremony is planned for Friday, Oct. 15.

Across the quad, contractors are scheduled to complete the Merryl and Sam Israel Jr. Environmental Sciences Building in October, when faculty members will move in laboratory equipment and offices. Classes will start in the building next spring.

Future projects include the expansion of the A. B. Freeman School of Business next to Goldring/Woldenberg Hall. The schools plan is for a new building to house the graduate programs in the school, while the undergraduate programs would remain in the current building, says Jerry Hagebusch, an associate dean at the school. He adds that the architects will produce the initial plans this month. The plans will then move through various phases of review and approval.

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