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NIU To Renovate, Not Demolish, Cole Hall

By Margaret Lyons in News on Apr 29, 2008 9:26PM


The president of Northern Illinois University announced today that the school no longer plans to demolish Cole Hall. In a letter to students, John G. Peters wrote, "In ratios ranging from 3-to-1 to 4-to-1, our campus community asked that Cole Hall remain standing, but that it not be used for instructional purposes in its current configuration."

NIU is now conducting a survey of what should be done with the first floor space--renovate both auditoriums A and B for non-classroom activities? Renovate both for continued use as lecture halls? Or keep just auditorium B, the scene of the crime, for non-classroom purposes? Peters expects to get a recommendation Friday. [NIU]