Highly placed administrative sources tell us that expensive changes to the design of Shelby Hall were paid for with funds intended for deferred maintenance.
Cost over-runs in the construction of Shelby Hall are said to total about $16 million.
Interestingly, the University last week acknowledged that campus buildings are seriously in need of repair. Some are so badly deteriorated they may have to be demolished. An outside firm has been hired to undertake a survey of what can be done to salvage various campus structures.
One can only assume that if the diversion of funds — from necessary maintenance to adding doodles and gewgaws to Shelby Hall — had not taken place, the other buildings would not be crumbling.