This archived article was written by: Mae Goss
On the second Sunday in March, a story will be published in the Salt Lake Tribune about the College of Eastern Utah; the impending merger, student’s thoughts about the school and the role CEU plays in the community.
Brian Maffly, a writer for the Tribune, came to CEU Jan. 25-27 to interview students and get a better idea of their perspective about campus. Maffly followed CEU in their ventures, the good and the bad. In his article he hopes to get the word out about the educational opportunities at CEU. He hopes his story will let the rest of the state know the role CEU plays in higher education in Southeastern Utah.
He took a self-tour around campus and interviewed students, particularly the non-traditional ones. He said that they typify the new type of college students. More often than not, older adults are returning to school to continue their education.
Maffly went by CEU’s Geary Theater to get theatre student’s interest in the proposed theater/education building. The new $22 million building keeps getting shot down by the legislature even though the current building has been deemed one of the deadliest in the state by the Division of Facilities Construction and Management.
He returned later that evening to watch a rehearsal for the upcoming production of 1776. He said, “Every school should have a good performing arts department.” Maffly said CEU desperately needs the new fine arts and education building.
He also spoke with some of the CEU student government officers, the newspaper staff and many faculty members to get their perspective on the uniqueness of CEU. He said he interviewed instructors students really liked and hear the heartbeat of the college.
The merger with Utah State University and CEU was a hot topic. Maffly said, “They [the legislature] worked from the top down.” The worry was that the small town, community college feel might be lost in the commotion of the merger.