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3/26/04 - Tyler

Fast Growing UT-Tyler Unveils New Housing Project

It's the fastest growing public university in the state. So claims UT-Tyler President Dr. Rodney Mabry. The question is, where do you put all those new students? Dr. Mabry led a ceremonial groundbreaking today for the new, UT-Tyler Student Apartments. It's the first part of a $20 Million, two year housing project. The apartments reflect the latest trends in student housing, with 4-bedroom/2-bath units, containing full kitchens and living areas, Internet connections, a spa, and sand volleyball.

"It doesn't work like the old days," said Dr. Mabry. "They won't stay in army barracks, with a bathroom down the hall and cold showers. These are wonderful apartments. They will house from four to six students, and they really will be in great shape."

"Coming from experience of living in a dorm, with no private bedroom and stuff like that, it's nice to be able to, when your roommates are getting on your nerves, or if you're trying to study, to go in and shut your door," said UT-Tyler Student Body President Ryan Palmquist.

The apartments will be completed by this fall. A new dormitory is scheduled to be completed by next fall. Dr. Mabry said the university's goal is to have 7,000 students by the end of the decade.

Kevin Berns reporting

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