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Student groups begin move into new offices

Members of student organizations formerly housed in Peabody Hall will spend their first days on Grounds unpacking boxes, setting up computers and decorating walls-and that's just in their office space.

This week, about a dozen student organizations will move into new office spaces around Grounds due to their eviction last spring from Peabody Hall. Most of these groups will move to the first floor and basement of Newcomb Hall.

Almost all of the organizations will enjoy the same square footage of office space as before, Newcomb Hall Director Eddie Daniels said.

"For most organizations, the space is comparable to what they had," Daniels said. "We've either done that by square footage or by making the new space more efficient."

Daniels said all but three of the organizations displaced by the move are now housed in Newcomb Hall. The Pep Band, Blue Ridge Mountain Rescue and Student Legal Services are now located in the ground floor of the Rugby Road Faculty Apartments.

Leaders of the relocated organizations said they were satisfied with their new space.

"We are pleased with our new office," Inter-Fraternity Council President Wes Kaupinen said.

The IFC moved to the first floor of Newcomb Hall.

"The administration was successfully able to provide us with an ideal central location in which we can work with the other Greek umbrella organizations," Kaupinen said.

Black Fraternal Council President Michael McPheeters echoed Kaupinen's sentiments.

"I'm very happy about the new space we have," McPheeters said. "It will be better for us to be very close to the other Greek councils."

The BFC's new office space is also on the first floor of Newcomb Hall, along with the Inter-Sorority Council and the Fraternity-Sorority Council.

Corks and Curls Editor-in-Chief Whit Wilson said he was content with the yearbook's new space in the basement of Newcomb Hall but unhappy with the moving process.

"The whole situation has been less than ideal for everyone," Wilson said. "However, it seems like the best has been made of the situation.

"The administration really did take our needs into consideration when planning our office space," he said. "We're pretty pleased with our new office space."

The relocation of student organizations from Peabody Hall was the final step in process that began when the Board of Visitors slated Miller Hall for demolition to make room for the new Special Collections Library.

Thus, the Office of Admissions, now in Miller Hall, will have to move.

A study led by University Architect Samuel "Pete" Anderson concluded that Peabody Hall would be the best place for the office.

To make room for the office, the Board decided to relocate student organizations housed in Peabody Hall. The Office of Admissions should move to Peabody Hall by the fall of 2000. However, the Board has yet to make an official decision on the matter.

As of this week, a vote on the matter is not scheduled for the Oct. 15-16 Board meeting.