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Volume 71, Issue 136, Thursday, April 27, 2006


Chapel gets needed repairs

Complaints lead to fixed pews, carpet cleaning in facility

The Daily Cougar

The A.D. Bruce Religion Center received much needed repairs Friday after students and alumni complained about the condition of the large main chapel. 

The chapel's main problem was the pews, which were scratched, missing chunks of wood and not bolted properly. The chapel, which seats 250 people and is available to students, alumni, faculty and staff at a rate of $500 for a wedding service, is the larger of the two chapels. 

The A.D. Bruce Religion Center, which conducts more than 200 weddings a year, began receiving complaints after potential customers inspected the building.

Residential Life and Housing officials made improvements to the A.D. Bruce Religion Center on Friday. The improvements were made in response to complaints from alumni about the condition of the main chapel.
 Gregory Bohuslav/The Daily Cougar

"This once beautiful symbol of all religions and of tolerance is now an embarrassment to the UH campus. Weddings frequently occur at the chapel, but now I am sad to say there will be some very irate brides due to the undignified look the chapel now possesses," UH alumna Courtney Salzman said in an e-mail. 

"So with weddings booked to occur in the chapel almost every weekend through the summer, visitors to UH will be repulsed by the lack of upkeep, disrespect for religion, and distasteful disregard towards the chapel and religion the University has shown," she said. 

The repairs, which included of restoration of the pews and carpet cleaning, were completed Friday by the Residential Life and Housing Department under the direction of its executive director, Andy Blank. 

Diane Shankar, coordinator for the A.D. Bruce Religion Center, said the repairs are a vast improvement. 

"(Residential Life and Housing) did a remarkable job. It looks 80 percent better. The pews were bolted down, tightened and restrained. Even the carpet was cleaned," Shankar said. 

In addition to wedding ceremonies, the A.D. Bruce Religion Center houses offices for 11 campus religious organizations all of which hold lectures and worship ceremonies in the chapels. 

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