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What we've been up to this summer...

by Meg Palmer

For most of us students during summer break, the out of sight out of mind concept holds true. So what has AC been up to while you've been away? What are some new things freshmen can look forward to?   

Peelle/Jones

Construction photos from earlier this summer.  Photo Credit: Michael Neal

Construction photos from earlier this summer. 
Photo Credit: Michael Neal

This major overhaul is going strong! The $13 million dollar project broke ground on May 11 and is set to be completed in September of 2014. Brick work for the new facade has been going up all summer and windows are nearly complete on the Charles/Williams sides. The interior revamp is also under way and trucking along. 

What does this mean for students? Right now, it means classes will be shifted around. Inconvenient, but necessary for changes going on. But, in a year it means we will have state of the art labs and more classroom space! It's an exciting time, guys!  

Caine Student Center

A student using the new digital sign.  Photo Credit: Michael Neal

A student using the new digital sign. 
Photo Credit: Michael Neal

Those who have been inside Caine before are in for a big surprise when they next stop in, namely because of some new tech. A digital sign has been installed next to the mailboxes (across from Campus Safety). The sign is interactive and will feature staff, alums, athletes, upcoming events, videos and a smorgasbord of cool new things. This sign was produced by Anode (with help from an AC alum, Mark Magnusson) and FireSign.  

...and new dining options!

Some new places are being added to AC's campus: a Zebi's (like a Panera Bread), a Grille at AC and the Bulldog Beanery. Probably the most exciting thing here for me is the fact that the Bulldog Beanery is proudly serving Starbucks coffee. All of these dining options will be set up and ready to go within the first few weeks of the school year. 

Downs Hall Theatre

Students in action using the renovated Rush Soundstage. Photo Credit: Matt Gaidica

Students in action using the renovated Rush Soundstage.
Photo Credit: Matt Gaidica

Funds have been secured to begin Phase II. This is another renovation that will be happening during the school year, so watch out for construction, kids. Downs is the oldest building on campus and definitely due for a facelift. This project will be much shorter than renovations to Peelle/Jones -- it's slated to last about 4 months. 

Bonus news: if you add together all of the funding towards infrastructure upgrades since 2008 -- which includes Spencer, Rush, Goldsmith, Downs and Peelle/Jones -- you wind up with a whopping $25 million dollars! We sure do take care of our campus.  

Until next time, Bulldogs. This is Meg signing off.