Drake’s students have strong feelings about construction on campus

Currently underway, the $52 million STEM @ DRAKE initiative, announced on March 2 by President Marty Martin to students, will have leave a mark on student’s everyday life at Drake University. Construction is expected to last well into Summer 2017, and estimated to conclude around August.

This new science, technology, education and mathematics building (dubbed STEM) is being constructed between Medbury and Olin, and is going to connect all the science buildings together.

“It’s going to be cool, just to have updated facilities, and I think with it being centrally located to campus it’ll be able to help unify campus,” neuroscience and psychology major Drew Piersma said. “The education building is so far out of the way, so I think it will help bring people together.”

Being the first academic building to be built at Drake in 20 years, the STEM building will be named Collier-Scripps Hall, after the names of three Drake Alumni. The long-awaited building is going to be groundbreaking new addiction to campus, but it isn’t as pleasant as it looks. Although Piersma is really excited about the new building, she admits that noises have an impact on her learning environment.

“A couple my of classes have been disrupted with the construction,” she said, “but that’s to be expected. It’s not a big deal at all.”

The new building will offer new degrees in kinesiology, data analytics, physical education, athletic training, occupational therapy, doctorates in occupational therapy and masters in science for athletic training.

“I think it’ll be cool to have the new majors,” Piersma said. “I had a friend who was interested in kinesiology and athletic training, so I’m sure she would have been interested in coming here.”

Some students may also be relieved to hear that tuition will not be affected by the construction. However, the university’s revenues are expected to raise through fundraising and bonds.

“I think it’s worth it, that we’re getting the building. But you’ve got to put up with some stuff,” Piersma said.

On the other hand, some students are indifferent about the change, and much rather have a much quieter campus.

“It’ll be nice once it’s over, and the noise is gone,” biology major Newton Nguyen said.

Although bothered by the noise, the student expressed his rather indifferent attitude towards STEM.

“It doesn’t affect me much,” he said. “I don’t really know much about what is going into the new building.”