Time for student center overhaul

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Students, faculty and staff probably all agree that the university needs a new student center.

What’s supposed to be a hub for students is one of the oldest buildings on campus.

Built in 1938, the Student Center’s last major renovation was more than 30 years ago.

Simply put, it is old and outdated.

The space is no longer functional and doesn’t fit the needs of students and organizations that need to use it.

With the add-ons and renovations over the years, the confusing layout is not conducive to fostering a strong student community, which deserves the utmost attention.

The Kernel is looking forward to upcoming discussions about replacing the current building.

It’s time to put a plan into action.

It seems that every year, there is a plan to renovate and improve the Student Center.

The funding the university can get always goes to repairs and upkeep, while the building continues to whither away with time.

Though the Student Center is a campus landmark with immense history, the Kernel, as well as most students, would like to see not just a renovation, but an overhaul.

As the university studies what can be done with the Student Center, the Kernel hopes students will rally around the possibility of getting a new facility.

Yet, a great deal of questions still remain.

Where will the money come from? Should only part of the building be demolished and renovate the rest?

Should the university consider two student centers, instead of just one on North Campus?

These are just a few of the questions posed to the university while students anticipate a new chapter for the Student Center.

After all, it is one of the most important buildings to students on campus.

UK is on its way to a more attractive campus.

The Student Center should be a part of the campus revitalization project, a priority right next to the new residence halls.

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