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Clark renovation moving forward, still no clear timeline

It is no secret to Colorado State University students and staff that the Andrew G. Clark Building is old, needs updates and repairs and is the center of many memes. 

Popular Instagram meme account @colostatememes posted a video Dec. 10 suggesting the Clark Building would soon be renovated thanks to Associated Students of Colorado State University Vice President Alex Farias, generating rumors and confusion across campus. While it is true that CSU is working on plans for the renovation process, the immediacy of the renovation and role of Farias implied by the post is false.

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We shared our initial thoughts with the Board of Governors last week regarding three potential capital projects, and they are supportive of us moving forward with additional preliminary planning.” -Lynn Johnson, vice president for University Operations

“The Board of Governors spoke last week regarding three potential capital projects, and they are supportive of us moving forward with additional preliminary planning,” Vice President for University Operations Lynn Johnson wrote in an email to The Collegian.

Johnson wrote that while steps are being taken to move the project forward, no specific timeline has been established. Potential projects include the construction of two new buildings where the Glover and physiology buildings currently reside, as well as Clark renovations. 

We hope to have a much clearer picture (going) forward by the end of the spring semester.” -Lynn Johnson, vice president for University Operations

We have already engaged (the Associated Students of CSU) student leadership, as well as the chair of the University Facility Fee Advisory Board, in this conversation,” Johnson wrote. “We will also begin working with our advancement team to ensure that we are actively seeking donor interest in all three projects.” 

Preliminary planning will involve a deep dive into what the projects will bring to the campus in the form of student engagement, success and enrollment growth. Also under review are the resources needed and opportunities that exist for funding. 

“We hope to have a much clearer picture (going) forward by the end of the spring semester,” Johnson wrote. 

Serena Bettis can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @serenaroseb

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Serena Bettis, Editor in Chief
Serena Bettis is your 2022-23 editor in chief and is in her final year studying journalism and political science. In her three years at The Collegian, Bettis has also been a news reporter, copy editor, news editor and content managing editor, and she occasionally takes photos, too. When Bettis was 5, her family moved from Iowa to a tiny town northwest of Fort Collins called Livermore, Colorado, before eventually moving to Fort Collins proper. When she was 8 years old, her dad enrolled at Colorado State University as a nontraditional student veteran, where he found his life's passion in photojournalism. Although Bettis' own passion for journalism did not stem directly from her dad, his time at CSU and with The Collegian gave her the motivation to bite down on her fear of talking to strangers and find The Collegian newsroom on the second day of classes in 2019. She's never looked back since. Considering that aforementioned fear, Bettis is constantly surprised to be where she is today. However, thanks to the supportive learning environment at The Collegian and inspiring peers, Bettis has not stopped chasing her teenage dream of being a professional journalist. Between working with her section editors, coordinating news stories between Rocky Mountain Student Media departments and coaching new reporters, Bettis gets to live that dream every day. When she's not in the newsroom or almost falling asleep in class, you can find Bettis working in the Durrell Marketplace and Café or outside gazing at the beauty that is our campus (and running inside when bees are nearby). This year, Bettis' goals for The Collegian include continuing its trajectory as a unique alt-weekly newspaper, documenting the institutional memory of the paper to benefit students in years to come and fostering a sense of community and growth both inside the newsroom and through The Collegian's published work. Bettis would like to encourage anyone with story ideas, suggestions, questions, concerns or comments to reach out to her at editor@collegian.com.

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