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A $200,000 Science Hall

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The largest and fineet building ou the campus will be bnilc next year aud will be the new science hall. Jt will be located ou the east side of the campus between the medical building and the gymnasium where the tennis conrts Dow are, and it is practically settled that it will cost at least $200,000. The site is subject to change, there being some advocates of the eoutheast corner of the campss at the corner of E. University and S. University aves., but the preponderance of opinión seems to be that it will be placed between the medical building and the gymnasium. Within the walls of the new building provisión will be made for 10 of the laboratories which now have cramped and insufficient qnarters which are needed for other purposes. Eight of these laboratones belong properly to the medical branch of education. They are the laboratories of hygiëne, bacteriology, anatomy, histology, phar inacology, pathology, physiology and experimental surgery. Part of these come frorn the physical laDoratory, relieving that building of the medical smells of which complaint has been made and giving the physics and electrical departments greatly needed room. Part of them will come from ;he medical building, where they occupy cubby holes and stairways and rooms which can be united for needed ecture rooms and others will come 'rom other out-of-the-way places on ;he campus, and find a home on whát s sought to be made one of the best aboratories of the kind in the country. The other two laboratories will be ;hose of botany and zoology which now occupy rooms in the south wing of the main building. These rooms will be urned into recitation rooms. In fact althongh these 10 laboratories wiil be jrocght together the rooms they have )een drawu from will be irnmediately utilized by the rapidly growiug woik of tbe university. A Daily Argos reporter visited the zoológica] laboratory this murniug aufi lad au recular demonstratien of tlie need of iinprovecl quarters. The sonth wing was originally built as a, students dorinitory, then changed to recitation rooms and finally utilized for aboratory work. The Windows are small and have the small olci fashioned )anes, while the shade trees aid in teeping the rooms dark. For research vork the students phould have ampie ight as well as good air and the venilation of the rooms is abominable. In ract here is nothing to carry off the foul air excepting a little hole in the chimney intended originally for a tove pipe. In these rooms are crowded large classes of students engaged in aboratory work. In Prof. Reighard's own room, there is scarcely elbow oom. There is no place for storing materials, much of which is kept in li e attic of the building. Other material is kept on suelves in the hallway vhich make it almost impossible for a man to pass without knocking a jar off the shelf and on the doors are pasted uch legends as "Don't shut the door iard, as it may jar off a bottle. " A plan ha been drawn np as to what is wanted for tbe botanical and zoological part. It provides for two winae of the science hall 50 by 120 'eet in size with a connection 50 by 40 'eet, making the3e wings look like a etter H. These plans provide 16,500 'eet of floor room for the two laboraories and 3,000 f eet of hallway. The )resent laboratories have 11.000 feet of loor room outside the hallways and ncluding 1,000 feet of room now ocCBpied for specimens in the museum. Chis is a plan for the minimum space wanted as it would add only about wo-thirds to the present floor space. Che plan is made to get light on all sides. The regents at their last meeting instructed the building committee to confer with the heads of the 10 laboratories it is designed to place in the new science hall aud obtain their estimates of the room they need, so that plans may be drawn to accomodate each one of them. Until this is done, of course, the size and cost of the building cannot absolutely be determiued, but it seems to be the general opinión that at least $200,000 will be spent on the new building. Of course many uf the heads of laboratories will have plans of just what they want, size aud location of rooms as to hght, etc. Then comes the work of the architects to put these varióos ideas together to make Que harmonious whole. It is thought that the plans, at leastj in a general way, .will be ready this fali and that work can be commenced ou the new building next spring or summer. In the meantime the regents will be saving the money.out of their increased reveuue for the pnrpose of erecting the building. Tho new science hall will be a great addition to thé university. It will give a graat Ímpetus to ecientific research not only in the laboratories which are iucluded in it but in the other laboratories which will by the change be siven more elbow room. It should do much towatds increasing the attendance upon the university becanse of the increased facilities for stndy given.