Bry Hall: Students concerned about building’s conditions

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Bry Hall: Students concerned about building’s conditions

photo courtesy: Kayden Lirette

photo courtesy: Kayden Lirette

photo courtesy: Kayden Lirette

photo courtesy: Kayden Lirette

Milan Katuwal, [email protected]

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Some students pass by Bry Hall almost every day.

Some even have classes within the art building’s walls. The inside of Bry looks much different than the inside of other buildings on ULM’s campus.

The hall could look perfectly fine to those who pass the historic building from the outside, but some students believe the deteriorated ceiling tiles, floor tiles and interior concrete on the inside are in need of some serious work.

Constructed in 1939, Bry Hall is the primary building of the ULM Art Program that houses studio classroom facilities.

As one of the oldest architectures on campus, students believe the building definitely carries a huge historic significance and should be routinely observed, repaired and maintained.

Renovations can provide the students with modern facilities, while at the same time preserving an important part of the campus’s history and spending taxpayer and student dollars wisely.

Regular inspections could help to identify and address the issues before they become problematic, which minimizes upkeep costs and ensures buildings are safe.

“The building is as old as I am,” said Ann Currie, who is currently a scholar of a non-degree seeking, non-grad, SNAP Program.

She also pointed out the need to restore the antique neoclassical building so as to preserve its lofty existence.

“I have been here for almost three years. It is a happy place for me because I love what I do here, but I can’t rate this building more than five, out of a hundred,” said Aiden Warren, a senior art major who looked disappointed with the fate of the building.

“The leaks on the ceiling are the biggest problems right now and they leak so badly that we have to dump buckets of leak water daily during rain. They also have mold growing under tiles,” said Taylor Barrere, an art major. “Bry Hall and Stubbs Hall have leaking issues that sometimes destroy artwork.”

The students argued that it takes forever for their voices to be heard and nothing ever gets done.

They remember how it had took an entire semester just to get a tiny AC fixed.

The ceiling tiles and walls have several cracks and they look outdated.

Some tiles have holes in them that allows water inside the building during rain.

Other tiles have fallen to the floor, leaving the ceilings wide open, with no intention of getting fixed.

“We need more funds for the renovation. The hall deserves to be cleaner,” said Jazzmine Williams, a senior art major who regularly visits the art building.

“We’re hopeless to get this building get fixed in anyway, actually fixed. It hurts our feelings when we see other buildings getting re-done and our building is left unheeded. The art department feels that ULM focuses more on other majors and don’t care us because we don’t make them enough money.” said Sydnie Erwin, an art major.

These students believe that Bry Hall is not the only building that could use some renovations.

They believe that In order to stave off permanent damage, the concerned authority should vacate the building for a while, if necessary, and focus on updating the ceilings, floors, interior concrete, laboratories, central heating system and walls.

It is always wise and economical to renovate the structures the university already has, rather than build new ones.

photo courtesy: Kayden Lirette