News Briefs, Oct. 22

King Hall graffiti incident results in renovations

The Eastern Michigan University Physical Plant is renovating the courtyard in King Hall as a result of the Sept. 20 graffiti incident, which included racial slurs spray painted on the west wall.

According to Geoffrey Larcom, EMU Director of Media Relations, the renovations include installation of a new light pole, a new security camera, as well as upcoming future improvements.

These improvements will include caulking and painting the decorative metal cladding that surrounds the exterior windows on rooms 117- A, 117-B and 219 King hall, installing stairs and a walkway between King hall and the Marshall building and the removal of two trees advised by the university’s arborist, which will take place this weekend. Existing campus funds set aside for safety measures has paid for the projects as well as the camera.

Larcom said. “There are more than 700 cameras on campus and surveillance has been added to help ensure such an incident cannot be repeated in the courtyard area.”

The next building to be renovated in the upcoming year will be Strong Hall. Built in 1957 and located in the middle of campus, it has yet to be updated since its construction. Strong Hall has been the top state capital outlay project since the 2010 fiscal year -- the year after EMU received funding to begin renovations on the Pray-Harrold building.

Strong Hall is part of Eastern's Science Complex and currently houses key science programs including the Mars Computer Weather Simulation Lab, the Plasma Physics Lab and the astronomy department.

Brief power outage at College of Business

On Tuesday, Oct. 18, a power outage in the Owen Building College of Business resulted in morning and afternoon classes being cancelled for about five hours. The power outage was reportedly caused `by an air conditioning repairman blowing a circuit resulting in the loss of power to the building. Classes resumed as scheduled at 5 p.m.

EMU Beta Alpha Psi recognized as "superior" for 17th consecutive year

The Beta Alpha Psi chapter at Eastern Michigan University was internationally recognized as a "superior" chapter for national accounting honors in the past academic year.

The chapter has been honored as "superior" for 17 years under the leadership of Howard Bunsis, faculty adviser of the EMU chapter.

Chapter activities for Beta Alpha Psi requires participation by most members in attending meetings, serving on committees, participating in activities and striving for academic excellence.

All chapters are evaluated annually on their service to members, campus, community and profession. Superior chapters are recognized each year at the Beta Alpha Psi's annual meeting.

The EMU chapter has worked on behalf of organizations such as Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity and Food Gathers. In the past year, members of Beta Alpha Psi have filled out tax returns for 120 low-income people in the Ypsilanti community.

Beta Alpha Psi at EMU performs hundreds of community service hours a year and hosts weekly meetings with potential employers; speakers from firms discuss resume preparation, the environment of professional accountants in Michigan as well as proper conduct during an interview.

Founded in 1919, Beta Alpha Psi is an honor organization for financial information students and professionals. There are over 300 chapters on college and university campuses with over 300,000 members initiated since Beta Alpha Psi's formation.

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