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12 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2010 Preservation News S adents rally for 1931 dining hall By MARGARET FOSTER I Pres- ervation Magazine Online I Nov. 15, 2010 Last week students at the University of Mary Washington gathered in front of the 1931 dining hall to express ob- jections to a tenta- tive plan to tear down the build- ing. The brick structure with Corinthian-style columns, called Seacobeck Hall, is among the oldest buildings on the Fredericksburg, Virginia., campus. Seacobeck is slated for demoli- tion to make way for a four-story dining hall and student center, ac- cording to a draft master plan released in July to the university's board of directors. In response to the Nov. 9 rally, University President Rick Hurley told the local newspaper that the board would progress carefully with the master plan. Mary Washington University students gather Nov. 9, 2010, in front of the threatened 1931 Seacobeck Hall "We are rethinking what we could do and where," Hurley told the Fredericksburg Freelance-Star last week. "We decided we needed to slow the process down given these reac- tions." So far, the uni- versity has held five public meetings on ,the draft master plan, prepared by Burt Hill Architects. The board of visi- tors is scheduled to vote on it in Febru- ary. While students and faculty welcome some sug- gestions put forth in the master plan, some have objected to the projected demolition of seven buildings, most no- tably Seacobeck and Framar Hall, a three-story brick house. "That's what a lot of stu- DTMS Drama Class performs cou,esy photo Mrs. Culberson's eighth period Drama class at Dugan-Tarango Middle School put on a fashion show for the staff and student body on Friday, December 17, 2010. The performance was part of the students' final grade. Students performing included Zenaida Gonzales, Paul Odell, Dakota Ulibarri, Kayci Alvarez, Jennifer Gonzalez, Jeremie Salazar, Miguel Gil, Mark Thomas, Mikayla Munoz, Mat- thew May, Sanjay Kumar and Cameron DeFoor. Rep. Teague continues fight for veterans, including those called up to re- spond to national disasters like Hurricane Katrina or the BP oil The GI Bill for the 21st Century, which was passed by dents love about our campus: the old buildings and the atmo- votes to expand post-9/11 GI bill sphere," says Kathy Jones, a se- nior majoring in historic pres- Submitted by REP. TEAGUE'S available to our veterans, it will credi" National Guardsmen, ervation and member of a new OFglCEIWashinton, DC alsomakeoverl30,000deserv-inclu, tt coalition, Save Our School. On Thursday, Congressman ing National Guardsman eligible sponc "With all the buildings that are Harry Teague continued his ef- to receive full benefits. After meet- Hurri coming down, it's not going to forts to support our veterans and ing and talking with veterans at- spill. look like Mary Washington .any- service members with his vote for tending college through the use more." the Post-9/11 Veterans Educa- of the New GI Bill, it is clear to tional Assistance Improvements Act. The legislation aims to strengthen and streamline the New GI Bill for the 21st Century, which will provide a four-year college education for nearly 300,000 veterans enrolled in col- lege this fall. "The brave men and women of our military dedicate their lives every day to the safety and secu- rity of our nation and, in return, they deserve all the benefits and opportunities for education and job training promised to them," said Congressman Teague, a member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee. "Not only will this legislation expand the education and job opportunities me that these improvements are essential to eliminate the benefit struggles that marly veterans ex- perience in the program and streamline the process." The new package makes it easier for veterans to use New GI Bill education benefits to pay for tuition at public and private uni- versities, while covering veterans seeking training that will place them directly in the work force. The legislation simplifies the Yel- low Ribbon Program for veterans attending private colleges and universities and taking graduate courses, eliminating the confus- ing state cap system, and setting a $17,500 per year cap for tuition and fees. In addition, it grants full Congress and signed into in 2008, provides a full, four-year college education to any veteran who has served since Septem- ber 11, 2001 for at least 90 ag- gregate days or at least 30 days with a disability discharge. The legislation passed today expand- ing the program now goes to the President's Desk. A member of the House Vet- erans Affairs Committee, Harry Teague 'has made veterans' is- sues a top priority, helping to secure advanced appropriations funding for the VA and legisla- tion aimed at addressing and reducing the impact of mental health issues like PTSD have on the lives of returning veterans. Historic preservation pro- fessor Carter Hudgins says the building slated to replace Seacobeck won't fit with the Jeffersonian-style buildings on the campus, which was modeled on the University of Virginia. "The proposed dining facil- ity/student center will be the largest structure on campus, so large that it will have a dramatic and negative impact on the cam- pus and our environs," Hudgins wrote in a public memo to Rick Pearce, the university's acting vice president for administration and finance, on Nov. 8. "Con- structed next to a Wal-Mart or a Wegmans, this structure might look at home." 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