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William Carey University faces spring trimester, storm recovery

The spring trimester is just around the corner for William Carey University students, but that trimester will be completely different from those in the past.

The university is losing five buildings after the deadly twister that spun through the Pine Belt.

The COM anatomy lab building and the Lucile Parker Gallery and Tuscan Avenue apartments were demolished last week. Ross and Johnson Halls and Tatum Court are also slated for demolition.

“The administration, architects and engineers are already at work on ideas for new dormitories and a new and improved Tatum Court. Think how exciting it will be in the next few years to watch our campus take on a new look with buildings better equipped to serve our students, faculty and staff,” said a statement from the University.

Students are expected to be able to return to the university for some limited use by February 20th.

Braswell, Byrd, Futral, Davis, Bass, Polk, Bryant and the Penton apartments will be able to house students again at that time, taking in nearly 800 students.

As far as classes are concerned, they will mostly remain the same.

“We want to move as many classes as possible back to campus on Feb. 20; however, some classes will continue to meet at other locations or delivered online,” said the statement. “The buildings scheduled to be ready by February 20 are Fairchild, Smith, the School of Nursing, COM 1, Mary Ross Hall, the Thomas Building, the art studio on Cherry Street, and the library.”

McMillan and Wilkes Hall also will be open. Lawrence Hall remains open and will now house classrooms, faculty offices, as well as the administration offices that were moved from Tatum Court.

COM and the PT classes will continue to meet at USM through the spring trimester, so their spaces on campus will be used temporarily for other classes. Music classes will continue to meet at Hardy Street Baptist Church through the spring, and transportation will be available from campus to the church.

News Mississippi will continue to follow up on William Carey’s progress as the spring trimester gets closer.


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