Students at Illinois State University have all been wondering what is going to happen to the Southside dorms, Atkin-Colby and Hamilton-Whitten. President Timothy J. Flanagan and the university vice rresidents talked on the matter briefly at the State of the University address this past Thursday; but it was still a little bit unclear in my opinion.
The Southside resident halls are kind of taking a back seat to the new fine arts complex that is on the top of the list of renovations. Governor Pat Quinn gave $54 million to the renovations or demolition of several buildings in the fine arts department.
The Southside dorms are said to be replaced eventually by the Mennonite College of Nursing. It was mentioned at the university address that the old resident halls will be demolished sometime in the spring. They are planning to bring it to the Board of Trustees for official planning. This is a very long-term plan and will take awhile to get everything into place.