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Publications Building Will Be Spared Wrecking Ball

Publications Building Will Be Spared Wrecking Ball

August 7, 2002

August 7, 2002, Greencastle, Ind. - A classic song by Joni Mitchell says, “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot." That will not be the fate of DePauw University's Publications Building. The 67-year-old structure, which was slated to meet the wrecking ball, will not be torn down. Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty Neal Abraham says negotiations with the city of Greencastle have yielded what he calls Video Link [DOWNLOAD VIDEO: "VP Abraham" 856KB] "great news."

The Pub Building, as it was affectionately known by student journalists, was scheduled to be razed to make way for parking spaces required by the city because of the expansion of the nearby Walden Inn. Dr. Abraham says Greencastle officials are "willing to accept expansion of the Olin parking lot, about a block away, in exchange for saving the [publications] building."

A total of 177 new parking spaces have been added campus-wide to meet the requirements of Greencastle's ordinance. They include those in the newly-expanded parking lot outside of the F.W. Olin Biological Sciences Building (seen in photo at right), a new lot that's been built behind Roy O. West Library, and spaces that have been created north of the admissions office.

Dean Abraham (seen at left) calls the Publications Building Audio Link[DOWNLOAD AUDIO: "Symbol of Independence" 323KB] "an important symbol of the independence of The DePauw." Constructed in 1935 on University-owned land with money raised by the newspaper and other student publications, the building was home to The DePauw, The Mirage and other student publications until the construction of the Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media in 1991. Initially, Abraham says, University officials were "really not very optimistic" that the building could be saved, as DePauw needed to meet the city's mandate for more parking, and it was determined the brick building would not withstand a move to another site. The Pub Building will continue to house faculty offices, as it has since the media center's opening eleven years ago.

A completely independent, student staffed and managed not-for-profit organization, The DePauw was founded in 1852 as Asbury Notes, reflecting the name of the University, then known as Indiana Asbury University. The oldest college newspaper in Indiana, The DePauw is published most Tuesdays and Fridays of the school year. It's been honored by the Indiana Collegiate Press Association as Newspaper of the Year eight of the last 9 years (including this year; read more here).

Video Link [DOWNLOAD VIDEO: "Historically Important" 487KB] "The building of (this structure) by The DePauw, by student publications, for the independent operation of student publications, was really very important to the history that has led to the development of a strong student journalism program at DePauw," says Dean Abraham.