Renovations hit wrong building

Come this summer, Crispo Apartments will be leveled and the renovated Carneval Athletic Pavilion will take shape.

The changes are part of a plan that began with the opening of North Hall. When it came time to decide which modernization would come next – Nash Library or the rec – administrators evidently pushed the rec to the head of the line.

The new and improved CAP will feature an 80-yard indoor field to accommodate year-round sports practices, among other improvements.

The crown jewel of the plan, however, is a new human performance center, which will include a motion analysis lab and a human performance and testing lab. According to, it should “serve as a space for collaboration between faculty and students in the physical therapy, sport and exercise science, human performance, occupational therapy and biomedical engineering programs.”

This is exciting news for athletes and students in the College of Engineering and Computer Science and the College of Health Professions and Sciences. Director of Recreation Don Henry spoke with The Knight in February 2012, saying the CAP hasn’t been structurally updated since the building first opened nearly 30 years ago.

The new CAP will undoubtedly be cutting edge, but it isn’t a priority for most students. A comfortable, functional place to study is. And when was Nash last updated? Judging by the stained orange carpeting, not since Ronald Reagan was in office.

As the great philosopher Spock said, “logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.”

That’s not to say that the aforementioned programs are the minority. But why wouldn’t a project that benefits everyone – all majors, all faculty members – take precedence?