Center space investigation at stand-still

By David Pollard

The Holmes Student Center space study committee, exploring the possibilities of acquiring more space, has hit a dead end.

The student center space committee was originally headed by Jon Dalton, former vice president for student affairs and co-chaired by former Student Association president Paula Radtke. However, the committee is in limbo since Dalton and Radtke are no longer at NIU.

Barbara Henley, acting vice president for student affairs said Dalton submitted a report with recommendations to the president before accepting a similar job at Florida State University.

Henley said she is not sure if the committee is still active now. When a committee completes its task they might be finished as a committee.

“The committe basically explored possibilities and made recommendations,” she said. “It may take reconvening the committee to take the project a step further.”

Henley said while the committee was active they were looking into the possibilities of constructing a student life building or an addition to the student center.

Student Association President Huda Scheidelman said last semester’s committee has been disbanded because the Student Association did not like the proposal of the student life center. She said she recognizes the fact that space is needed and any changes should be studied in-depth.

Dalton wanted an additional $10 fee charge for the construction of the building. The SA contends the student center is the student life building, Scheidelman said.

Gary Scott, director of Career Planning and Placement Center and a member of the space study committee last semester, said a new committee is being put together.

Scott said with results obtained last semester, “we (the committee) pretty much ended up where we started. The space crunch is now becoming more severe,” he said.

The Counseling and Student Development Office, Career Planning and Placement Center and the University Programming and Activities office are having space problems as well, he said.

Scott said it is possible the committee will bring in a space consultant. There is also a remote possibility that Gilbert Hall might be used for space.