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August 26th, 2004
Access at OSU

Good story today in Corvallis’ newspaper — Survey: Disability access at OSU improves.

I graduated from OSU in 2002. It’s great that campus administration has started to address some of the issues. However, I have to agree with a statement at the end of the article.

Clark hopes that the updated accessibility survey will lead to more upgrades at the university. He is also pushing to include accessibility issues on upcoming university fund-raising drives.

“I get called up all the time by people asking me to donate money (to the university),” he said. “How come they never say this money is for installing an elevator in Withycombe? Disabilities should be on that list, too.”

I completely agree, and griped about it a lot when I was still at school. Sometime in 2001 the university put up a bell tower by the library — it’s utterly unremarkable, and you can’t hear the bells if you’re more than a block away, so what’s the point? Oh, but it was a “gift” to the university. Personally, I think upgrading a few buildings for access is a much more useful gift that actually benefits students.

If and when I’m rich and famous (or just rich, or even sorta rich) I would like to donate enough to install an elevator in an OSU building that doesn’t have one — I personally think it would be much more memorable (to some students, anyway) to have the Claire Lundberg Elevator than the Claire Lundberg Big Pile Of Useless Bricks.

Posted by Claire at 09:43 AM | Current Events | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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