By Corinne Auckland
Along with the new faces on campus, there are a few other major additions coming to VCSU this year. The university is working together with the city to not only build a flood protection wall around the VCSU campus but, also to break ground on a Wellness Center for students, faculty, and the community of Valley City.
The Wellness Center is set to house an aquatic center, gymnasium, fitness center, and track as well as classrooms, child watch, and a physiology lab. This $16 Million project broke ground on June 3, 2015 and is estimated to be finished within the next couple years.
Other campus wide projects include the renovation of Vangstad Auditorium and the addition of a new fine arts building. Although the community, students, and faculty are looking forward to these new additions, they also pose a problem. Parking on campus has become a major issue with the roughly 1,400 students and 200 faculty members on campus daily.
Valley City Chief of Police has agreed to not issue any citations for what would normally be considered illegal parking on the city streets surrounding the campus. Parking lots and additional spots should open up in 2-3 months when the flood protection project is projected to be completed.