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Ground is broken on a groundbreaking facility at Kalamazoo College


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Lets face it, the ground has already been broken and the foundation laid for the new Arcus Center for Social Justice at Kalamazoo College.

The fact that they decided to hold the ceremonial ground breaking indoors at the building next to the site on the Kalamazoo College Campus was just fine with the 200 students, faculty, local elected officials and citizens who appeared in Trowbridge hall for speeches and the symbolic gesture of moving some dirt with silver shovels in a big sand box in the lobby.

It was cold and windy outside, and nice and warm inside.

The Ceremony had originally been scheduled for last fall but weather cancelled it.Making an unusual and rare personal appearance was billionaire Jon Stryker, who is financing the construction and operation of the unique new education center.

Kalamazoo College President Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran thanked him for that saying it will be a one of a kind facility, and add to the prestige of the College.

College Board Chair Don Parfet says its being built at the site of the old Stryker Center at the west end of the Private College’s Campus. He says Stryker could have put it anyplace but chose Kalamazoo College.

The 5-million dollar structure is architecturally unique, as is its purpose, to train people to work for the benefit of the poor and down trodden who don’t always have their rights protected. It should be completed by late next year.