Archive for Monday, July 10, 2017

Haskell’s student union remains shuttered during years-long repair project

Stidham Union on the campus of Haskell Indian Nations University, pictured Friday, July 7, 2017. The Union closed in July 2015 after the HVAC system failed. The school is working to replace the building-wide HVAC system as well as other projects.

Stidham Union on the campus of Haskell Indian Nations University, pictured Friday, July 7, 2017. The Union closed in July 2015 after the HVAC system failed. The school is working to replace the building-wide HVAC system as well as other projects.

July 10, 2017

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Haskell Indian Nations University has been without its student union for two years now, and will be for at least another six months.

Stidham Union closed for repairs in July of 2015, and the school is not projecting it will reopen until December or January, said Haskell spokesman Stephen Prue.

Haskell closed the 1965 building after determining that its old heating and cooling system, which had failed, could no longer be repaired, Prue said. He said Haskell must completely replace the system, including duct work throughout the building, which requires custom-engineering a new system to retrofit the facility.

The bidding process currently is underway, Prue said. It’s taken a significant amount of time to complete the design process, “given the structural demands of the building,” Prue said.

Haskell, a federal institution operated by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Education, also must comply with cumbersome federal rules for the bidding and construction process.

Currently, Stidham Union on the campus of Haskell Indian Nations University, is being used to store office furniture and other items until renovations occur.

Currently, Stidham Union on the campus of Haskell Indian Nations University, is being used to store office furniture and other items until renovations occur.

Prue said the total project cost has not been finalized.

In recent years, Haskell conducted a comprehensive facilities study and took on a batch of repair, renovation and technology projects for campus facilities, totaling more than $4 million. No new buildings have been constructed on the campus since 1994, when Roe Cloud residence hall was built.

Going without a student union has negatively impacted campus life, some say.

“Having the student union out of commission has really hurt us; it has hurt us desperately,” faculty member Dan Wildcat told the Haskell National Board of Regents during the body’s spring meeting.

Wildcat said the union provided a place for students to gather and get coffee or something to eat, particularly after hours.

Tonia Salvini, Haskell vice president of university services, said Stidham’s closure has not heavily disrupted services.

“It certainly has historically been a central location for students to gather. We’ve tried to, at least in the interim, identify that place in Tecumseh Hall,” Salvini said.

Tecumseh, the student activities building, has a snack bar called the Grill House, she said. The Haskell Student Senate offices, which were in Stidham, have temporarily moved into Tecumseh, too.

Along with the heating and cooling system replacement, Haskell is taking on a couple other projects in Stidham while the building is closed, Salvini said.

For example, asbestos abatement is required in some areas where workers must move old tile during the project, she said. Plans also include new flooring and work that will improve handicap accessibility.

“We’re taking the opportunity to really upgrade the building as well,” Salvini said. “... The union is one of our better buildings, and we need to do it right.”

Comments

Bob Summers 3 months, 2 weeks ago

This project is the result one gets when people in government are left to their own devices.
"cumbersome" is the operative word in this piece but does not truly elaborate or capture the complete and total incompetency of people in government.

Of course, the answer, to these Liberal government people's self induced perpetual dilemma, is more money. Money will salve their emotionally tender wounds, a result of snafu management, of not giving the students their basic needs which would be a building more desirable than a tent.

Carol Bowen 3 months, 2 weeks ago

"Cumbersome" is a result of not trusting the government. The layers of regulation and procedure are created by legislation ... Congress. Ironically, most rules and laws were created by Congress to regulate Congress itself. The regulations trickle down, but the behavior at the top does not change.

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Clara Westphal 3 months, 2 weeks ago

The casinos that are owned by American Indian tribes should use some of their profits for this building. Haskell students are their children.

Bob Summers 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the laugh.

That is like asking Liberal people to pay for their own housing, food, medical care, phones, internet connection etc etc etc.

Jeanette Kekahbah 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Hey Bob why don't you educate yourself as to how there ARE tribes financially supporting NOT ONLY Haskell but ALSO USD 497 students. Easier to have others pay for your laughter than learn facts, ennit?

Jeffry Helms 3 months, 2 weeks ago

I never really any native french people when I was there-I saw mostly mixed bloods and non-committal pacific islanders-which attend there because of the united states government mistake not to hispanic sephardic origins in the pacific island regions-which were "going" hispanic and did in fact go "hispanic' primarily. I'm sure there are some real natives there with indigenous qualities there but if the place is not really cared for-there is a reason--no reason for a hostile hurtful entity to 'group up' --that would be foolish.

Jeffry Helms 3 months ago

Well--the MAYANS-INCANS-AZTECS are indigenous to another hemisphere- there is no doubt--the hispanics are NOT- they originate from the spanish inquisition and have sephardic origins obviously-hence with the white "j" ones conspiracy. The hispanics did not just appear out of no where and the sephardics did not just fall out the end of the earth--and WHO does not want the hispanics to be "jewish" primarily? - You've seen the "swinging arm/googly eye" or mayan poop pot dance move from the mayans when they appear before us from their e-coli control and giant slave trading empire before the 15th century flood from the mt. vesuvius eruption etc..--well if the hispanic blood is mixed in--the mayans don't do the poop pot dance=that is proof right there the hispanics are not indigenous. AND what where the "sephardics" at the time of the spanish inquision--?? They were espana italian white judaics.

Jeanette Kekahbah 3 months, 2 weeks ago

How do you know tribes aren't supporting Haskell? Or USD 497 students?

Jeffry Helms 2 months, 3 weeks ago

I'm pretty sure I saw a hypertrichosis person when I was there-a Canadian one. I saw one gal that was a native french-in a wheel chair-that was it--I saw a bunch of candian asians.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 3 months, 2 weeks ago

This school is part of a treaty. Of course leave it to Trump supporters to go back on deals. Look at how many people he has ripped off.

Clark Coan 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Haskell Institute students actually built much of the building. The school was essentially a trade school back then. Now, only 3% of those in middle and senior high school in America want to learn a skilled trade.

Carol Bowen 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Haskell is supported by federal taxes like KU is supported by state taxes and Johnson County is suppprted by state and county taxes. Of course, there are supplements to government support, but they are not continuous sources of funding. Haskell has been underfunded for a very long time.

"...giving the students their basic needs which would be a building more desirable than a tent." would require more taxes and a higher government priority.

Students built Stidham Hall when Haskell was a trade school. It is/was a beautiful building and served the campus well. Salvini has mentioned a few of the needs for that building. Given that building is on the south side of town, the foundation probably needs major work, and a new HVAC system will not take care of the mold. (HVAC was turned up or down depending on th season to save on utility costs.)

David Holroyd 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Clark Coan, I appreciate the fact that you presented that information about 3% of middle school and high school want to learn a skilled trade.

You see, with those numbers Lawrence cannot provide jobs because there will be no workforce, just as now.

But mayber Dorothy could teach stained glass windowmaking and the students could repair the Mausoleum windows at Oak Hill. Now that would be a nice community gesture.

As for the Student Union at Haskell, how's come our local Chamber with it's hoitiy toity members can' get to someone in Washington, D.C. ? Didn't Mr. Farmer and the chamber make a trip back there and get their photo taken.

Goes to show that even the Chamber doesn't really have any connections

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