Independent from Long Beach, California on January 16, 1975 · Page 84
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 84

Long Beach, California
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Thursday, January 16, 1975
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long teach »m*w. JM. is, ins JM. it, \m Increasing costs, decreasing enrollment^ but,,. Ji Buffalo educational complex work continues By JAMES ROBINS BUFFALO (AP) - The State University of New York is pushing toward completion of one of the largest educational construction projects in history despite inflated build: ing costs and forecasts of decreasing enrollment. The price tag for SUNY's unfolding Buffalo complex has been set at $650 million, with about $310 million already spent or c o m m i t t e d to contracts. Target date for completion is 1980. Located in suburban Amherst on 1,178 acres of what was a marshy flood plain avoided by developers, the new campus will not be the nation's largest. But SUNY officials say the Amherst project represents the nation's largest educational complex to stem from one master plan. The c a m p u s already houses 2,300 students, the state's only tax-supported law school and SUNY- Buffalo's history, classics, linguistics and m o d e r n languages departments. The recently completed Joseph P. Ellicott complex is the striking core of the new campus. The $50- million, 38-building array currently houses a b o u t 1,500 students and the four academic departments. ELLICOTT is a spellbinding blend of lines, forms, corners and angles molded in brick, glass and steel. Each unit is interconnected to form a self- contained living-learning complex. No one seems to question that the architecture is daring and the master plan ambitious. But with the nation in the grips of a complex and unresolved economic dilemma, two serious questions h a v e been raised about the SUNY project: Is the costly Amherst complex really necessary and can the state afford it? The stale's Board of Regents, governing body of education in New York, has predicted college enrollment could drop more than '20 per" cent in' the next 15 years. New York State is not alone. The post-World War II "baby boom" that filled colleges to capacity in the mid-1960s is over. NATIONWIDE reports also indicate that a sign i f i c a n t n u m b e r of college-age persons are p u r s u i n g paychecks instead of degrees. The University of California's new Riverside c a m p u s was b u i l t to accommodate 1'5,000 students. Less t h a n 5,000 showed up, and the state scrapped plans for additional dormitories. In Milwaukee and Madison, e m p t y dormitory rooms are being converted into classrooms and University of Wisconin offices. , SUNY wanted to expand -its Old Weslbury campus on Long Island to accom- m o d a t e 5,000 students. The Regents vetoed the plan and cut the maximum enrollment half. The original cost estimate of the Buffalo complex, approved by SUNY trustees in 1967, was $650 million. Since then, construction costs h a v e skyrocketed with no end in sight. B u t J a c k T e l l e r , SUNY's vice president for facilities planning, says inflation and the bleak enrollment p i c t u r e h a v e been adjusted for in the planning of the Amhersl complex. "WE PROGRAMMED inflation into our budgeting, and we are staying within the budget," Telfer said in a recent interview. One less-than-delicate way SUNY planners kept the cost of Amherst at $650 million was to elimi : nate plans for 22, eleven- story buildings that were to house the departments of nursing, medicine, dentistry and related health professions. "They would have cost about $220 million based on (he cost of the two completed towers," Telfer said. "They're roughly $10 million a tower." Current plans call for the health sciences to remain at SUNY-Buffalo's downtown campus, with about $35 m i l l i o n earmarked for rehabilitation of those facilities. As to the reports of decreasing enrollment, Jim DiSantis, SUNY-Buffalo's information director, said that has also been taken into account. "THE REGENTS' report was no surprise to us," DiSantis said. "Our plan is relatively flexible. It's being done in stages so 'that changes can be made from time to time. "We have actually reduced the plan size twice in anticipation of a statewide decline in enroll- m e n t . Originally, there were to be 30,000 full-time students at the Amhersl campus, but we cut that to 27,500 and, m o r e recently, cut b a c k to 25,500," DiSantis said. "The Regents' report noted that 'the four SUNY centers at Buffalo, Albany, Binghamton and Stony Brook are not experience ing e n r o l l m e n t problems." DiSantis said. "In fact, it's quite to the con- Irary al this point. "This year, the Buffalo campus had a 47 per cent increase in applications. We had 16,000 applications for 2,100 places. Buffalo has the only SUNY law school. Applications there have quadrupled. In one year alone we had a 70 per cent rise." THE LAW school, head- quarters in the John Lord O'Brian H a l l , was the first operational unit at the now campus. The doors opened in September 1973. The current enrollment stands at about 650. SUNY-Buffalo has been located at two campuses -- a m a i n c a m p u s in northern Buffalo and a salellile c a m p u s in Amherst not too far from the- site of the new campus. · Several university pro- g r a m s a n d t h e i r Started building airplanes early BEECHER, 111. (AP) At age 5. Jay Vicaux built the first of his 150 model airplanes. At 14. he began building a real one and at 19, he completed it, took it up and circled farmland at an altitude of SOO feel. For him. it was like a chapter out of the Wright Brothers' adventures. The plane even looks like a throwback to aviation's pioneering days. Yieattx pulls on goggles, straps himself into a completely exposed seat bolted to an open tubular frame, and flies away in h i s p l a n e christened,"Breezy.' 1 "I try to imagine being back in the- old days," says Vieaux, who recently turned 20. "I'd like to go barnstorming around the nation. "When I f i r s t took Breezy up, I was a little shaky. I had an educated guess it would fly, but not how it would fly. Everything went real well. I never wear a parachute. If Ihc engine should fail, I could glide down." The four-cylinder, 90- horsepower e n g i n e , m o u n t e d b e h i n d h i m under the single wing thai is r n v n r p d w i t h I r i s h linen, pushes the plane along at a cruising speed of 70 miles per hour. VIEAUX has logged 135 flying hours in the plane since he took it up last spring. He has made nonstop flights to St. Louis. Indianapolis and to Oshkosh. Wis.. where he won first prize in his class in workmanship at the international convention of the Experimental Aircraft Association. "The whole project cost about $3.500. Parts had to be FAA-approved. There are about 4,000 homemade planes now flying in this country." V i e a u x s a y s h e h a s helped b u i l d nearly 20 planes for local amateurs who seek his self-acquired skill in the difficult process of tubular welding. Vieaux, whose father is a newsman at WCGO. a Chicago Heights radio station, is putting ihe finishing touches on a high- performance, open-cockpit, acrobatic biplane he has been building the last two years for Martin Von Alvcn. a Bcecher farmer who owns an airstrip. participants are located off the campuses, and Telfer said the new Am- hersl campus is needed to consolidate operations. . "We have one of the worst situations here in Buffalo in that we already have a major faculty and student population living in s u b s t a n d a r d conditions," Telfer said. "Our programs are spread all over Buffalo." Slate Sen. Ronald Stafford says the legislature has commitled. itself 16 completion of the Am-, herst project. ."It appears to me that the committments are there," said Stafford, chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Education. "I'm hopeful that the funds will be there because this is a commitment and the plans have been set up. I would say this is top priority." FUNDING for construction of the Amherst campus is a complicated three-step process that begins with legislative appropriations and ends with the sale.of bonds, - -"Fisstths-stst? gives, us the appropriation," said Jay Handwergef, fiscal director of the SUNY Construction Fund. "Then we sell bond anticipation notes to pay off the state. Then we sell bonds to pay off the anticipation notes." The bonds are payable over 30 years from the date of issue. According to Telfer and DiSantis, 9s per cent of the money to redeem the bonds comes from tuition-fees. Hand-: werger said about $1.2 billion worth of bonds have been sold since actual sales began in 1973. Handwerger said there has been no problem sell- 'ing the bonds when they are offered because the current 7 per cent interest the bonds yield to investors is totally free of state and federal taxes. The only lingering ques- tion is whether or not the state legislature wiU'keep approving the appropriations. The SUNY system was the qreatioa of former Gov'.' Nelson: A. Rockefeller and flourished under his direction. ~ Now the state has its first Democratic governor in 17 years and its. first Democrat-controlled assembly.- in seven. Whether they consider SUNY's Amherst project to be top priority remains to be seen. WINTER BARE ROOT TREES Sturdy trees only. Plant now,' select from apricots, peaches, nectarines, plums and many others. Not every type in every store. Reg. 2.97 ea. AN LIMITED TO STOCK ON HAND 44 CLEARANCE WHILE THEY LAST! 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