Wednesday, September 20, 2000

Campus a work in progress as classes begin

Construction detours greet UC students

By Ben L. Kaufman
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Today, the first day of classes, might be the first time in 181 years that freshmen will know the main University of Cincinnati campus better than returning students.

        Thousands of newcomers have spent days running around, getting oriented and registered, and discovering that the Beecher Hall to which they may have been directed is no more.

        Along the way, they have become accustomed to barriers, detours, and new signs and maps to help pedestrians find their way through seemingly nonstop demolition and construction.

        Another 23,000 students who have been away since June will have to learn it all in time for their first classes.

        An estimated 28,000 students attend class on the main campus, including most of this year's 5,087 freshmen.

        UC officials are trying to cope with inevitable confusion created by construction.

        In addition to the new signs and maps, a table will be set up in the lobby of the administration building for students who can think only of going directly to President Joseph A. Steger for directions.

        Campus police have painted a new Volkswagen Beetle with the invitation “Bug Me,” and they're parking it at the bookstore choke point in the hope that students will ask for directions.

        In the perennial jams, Martin Luther King Drive, Clifton Avenue and Calhoun Street will be filled with slow-moving cars and trucks from about 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.

        Campus parking lots are closed to vehicles without UC decals, but a few spaces will be open in campus garages.


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