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Work should begin sooner

Nov. 19, 1998

The Baylor Board of Regents endorsed plans Friday for the renovation of Sid Richardson and Marrs McLean Science Buildings and the construction of a new science building. On Nov. 12, the facilities and technology committee of the regents was given a tour of the facilities.

'It was an enlightening experience for them. They recognized in a new way how critical this need is,' Baylor spokesman Larry Brumley said in an interview Friday.

We are glad the regents came and toured the facilities and gave the go-ahead for proceeding on the project. However, Brumley said it will be five to seven years before the project is complete.

The new facilities are being used to lure prospective students to the university. Little do these prospective students know the new facilities will probably not be ready for use until after their graduation.

We encourage the university to speed up the paperwork so these buildings can be ready sooner. Extra space and updated equipment are badly needed, especially since enrollment in Baylor's biosciences programs has increased more than 25 percent over the last five years. We encourage regents and the administration to do anything possible to pick up the pace of this project.

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