New WMU dining hall on hold after students speak for the trees
Updated: Tuesday, April 16 2013, 10:51 PM EDT
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - After a huge backlash from students, Western Michigan University is putting plans for a new dining hall on hold.
The university was planning to build a new dining hall near the Goldsworth Valley Pond.
The construction project would have removed at least 500 trees.
Students threatened to protest, saying it was one of the last natural wooded areas on campus.
Tuesday, WMU President John Dunn sent out an e-mail, announcing the project is now on hold.
The statement read in part: “Our campus is a place of extraordinary beauty, and Goldsworth Valley, in particular, is home to some of our most scenic areas. The impact of removing so many trees from the environment was simply too great for us to consider moving forward with the project.”
Dr. Dunn says the school will re-evaluate and develop a new plan, but he says there will not be a new dining hall available for students to use by the fall of 2014.