This archived article was written by: Seth Richards
The painting of the McDonald Career Center was the first step in making the USU Eastern campus less a relic of the seventies.
Originally painted orange, the pink color of the Career Center was the product of weathering over a number of years. The painting was done by O’Shea’s Painting for roughly $18,000 over three days.
“The campus was designed in the seventies and then they just stopped,” said Emily Williams, student association (ESA) activities vice president. Williams suggested that the beautification of the campus is in an effort to establish more of a school identity as well as for recruitment.
The painting of campus was dreamed up in a meeting of the ESA leadership. According to Student Life Director Fernando Alcantar, this is the first step in making the campus feel more like a backyard or place where people want to spend their time out of class.
Student body president Matt Gochis states, “we did it because we want to give CEU a makeover to USU Eastern. Changing to school colors is a great visual aide in changing the culture around campus.”
The painting of the Career Center, library, and Reeves buildings is the first of a multistep plan designed to facilitate a sense of community, school pride, and to make the Price campus a place where people will want to spend their spare time. Other parts of this plan include repainting the inside of the Bunnell-Dmitrich Athletic Center, adding a game day section of the campus book store and putting picnic tables on the campus lawns.
The ESA executive committee is also working with Price City to bring events to campus and put the college name out into the community. Also working with Chancellor Joe Peterson, vice chancellors Brad King and Greg Benson and Sheila Burghardt, director of facilities, ESA hopes to bring a more enjoyable and relaxed atmosphere to the Price Campus.