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ISSUE 120 VOL 7 PUBLISHED 11/10/2006

Modulars satisfy

By Stephanie Soucheray
News Editor

Friday, November 10, 2006

Squatting in what was formerly the Rand parking lot is the modular village or the "mods," as they are affectionately known to some on campus.

Built as long-term temporary homes for the services held in Flaten Hall and the Old Main Annex, the modular village will be a fixture on campus during construction of the new Science Center complex.

The Center for Experiential Learning (CEL), the TRIO programs and the education department now occupy the trailer-like constructions on the northwest side of campus.

The Academic Support Center (ASC), which is still located in the Old Main Annex, will be moving to the modular village later this month.

Pete Sandberg, assistant vice president of facilities, helped oversee the development of the modular village and is pleased with its function on campus.

“So far it seems like everyone is pretty good in there; the modulars are actually much better spaces than what those services were in Old Main Annex of Flatten," Sandberg said.

Sandberg was confident that the construction of the modular village has not limited parking spaces on campus. "We lost some on that lot, but we reclaimed the spaces in the lot next to Mohn Hall and at the foot of the hill on St. Olaf Avenue," Sandberg said.

Pat Smith, director of the CEL, agrees that the CEL has more space in the modular village but worries that students may not wander over to the CEL as often as they did when the center was in the Old Main Annex.

"We felt like we were in a high traffic area, in between Holland Hall and Old Main," said Smith. "Now students have to go out of their way to find us, but we had 40 to 50 students come by during last weeks Halloween Soiree which was great."

Janis Johnson, TRIO educational talent search director thinks students have adapted to the modular village quite well.

"We have great office spaces and adequate meeting spaces,” she said. “It is working well being so close to the education department. In Flaten Hall we were on the lower level. The new layout helps us to integrate our student services more effectively."

In addition to the services, there are four classrooms in the modular village, which means about 20 classes are held in classrooms fully equipped with technology.

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