The inability to find an identity for Modesto Junior College's east and west campuses reared its ugly head again this week as faculty and administrators argued over the best place for the student services building.
A decision was made in April to build a centralized building for student services that would house financial aid, registration, counseling and more on the southeast end of east campus, next to the arts building.
At the Yosemite Community College District trustees meeting Wednesday, MJC's Academic Senate President Jim Sahlman told trustees the Senate was discussing a resolution that would urge putting the student services building on west campus.
Six MJC instructors spoke, calling it a bad decision and faulty process. Many faculty members are worried that a two-story structure so close to the arts building would block natural light and air that ventilates fumes from paint and the ceramics kiln.
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Trustees expressed concern over the student services center decision, saying Wednesday they didn't know about the turmoil surrounding the project. They asked YCCD Chancellor Roe Darnell to study ways to make the arts building safer for student and employees, as well as research the pros and cons for building the student services center next to the arts building and alternative locations. He will present those options to trustees within the next month.
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