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More UMass Garage Fallout

On Thursday, UMass Boston Chancellor Michael Collins updated the university community via email on the state of UMB's crumbling garage: 

"I am writing to share a development regarding the original parking garage. Last night, several sections of pipe fell from the ceiling of the Lower Level. Thankfully, no one was injured, and since we had closed the garages on July 19, no vehicles were struck by the debris."

It is frightening that this happened less than a month after the garage's Big Dig inspired closing.  Almost equally discomforting is the statement's ambiguity.  Is Chancellor Collins bragging that no vehicle has been damaged since July 19?  Or did he mean, 'because the garage has  been clossed since July 19, the debris struck no vehicles'?

In all seriousness, I have serious doubts that UMass Boston will exist in ten years.  Yesterday, my target graduation date was 4 semesters from now; today, I just want to graduate before my school is condemned!

Context:  "Survivor: UMass Boston Garage Edition" July 21, 2006

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At last year's Boston Folk Festival, people were using the garage to walk back and forth between the upper plaza level stage and the Field Stage. It also looked like you had to walk through the garage to get from the shuttle bus stop to the main UMass buildings. Is this still true?

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No pedestrian traffic in the UMB garage. You could have walked through the garage to get access UMB's buildings and at times it may have been the most direct route. But there is also a staircase to the main concourse and access to the Quinn building at that same door.

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It was the brillant engineers and architects who designed UMass Amherst's tower library that forgot to account for the fact that BOOKS would housed in the LIBRARY. The building, when finished, was therefore structurally flawed due to the additional weight of the books, thus causing windows and bricks to pop out onto students walking near the library's perimeter.

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This story is often told about many college libraries but I have yet to hear of a reliable source for it anywhere.

http://www.snopes.com/college/halls/sinking.asp

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Can I substantiate it with internet links? No. However, a gate was erected around the building to keep students a safe distance away from falling objects. As far as I know, that gate is still there.

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My favorite line from the Chancellor's email is "Our campus is 32 years old and its maintenance and repair are formidable challenges". 32? Really? Harvard is like, what, 350 years old? Shit doesn't seem to be falling on their Ivy League heads!

Full text of email: http://www.filelodge.com/files/room28/757055/umb.g...

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