The opening of East Carolina University’s Main Campus Student Center has been pushed back to January, leaving students without dining options, service rooms and answers.
Originally slated for Nov. 1, the opening was moved due to the date being too close to Thanksgiving and exams, the 10th Street Bypass construction and a need for a longer transition period to make sure the center runs smoothly when it does open, according to Associate Vice Chancellor Erik Kneubuehl.
We, the editorial staff at The East Carolinian, believe the university requires a level of transparency concerning the project that has not been displayed by ECU’s administration.
The construction around the new student center put much of campus life on hold, most notably Mendenhall Student Center, which is going through a huge renovation to remake Destination 360 into a catering kitchen. The food trucks Grid Grub and Street Eats were moved to Wright Plaza during the summer to supplement dining options. However, it’s unclear if this arrangement will or can be sustained during the school year.
Additionally, several organizations and services vital to student life were supposed to move into the new center, and there has been no clear answer about where these groups will move during this extended construction period. These organizations include the Jesse Peel LGBT Resource Center, Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, Leadership & Service-Learning and Greek Life, according to the student center website.
While delays are understandable, and expected at times, the administration behind the project has not kept the public up to date on its status and how the current delay will affect student life.