Garanzini Positive About Loyola’s Future
Loyola University Chicago President the Rev. Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., painted a cautious, but generally positive outlook Monday during the first of three State of the University addresses scheduled for this week.
Despite the nation’s economic slump, enrollment is at an all-time high, Garanzini said. But he also voiced concerns that tuition costs must take into account people’s ability to pay, especially with so many job losses and salary freezes.
The gathering Monday afternoon of about 200 convened in the Crown Center Auditorium at Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus, where Garanzini spoke about the present and future state of the university.
He opened with a welcome and was upbeat about how the university was doing in these tough economic times, but quickly changed his tone as he began discussing present state of affairs concerning enrollment and its future expansion.
“Loyola is extremely lucky because we don’t have to suffer through the recession” Garanzini said. “But we will be facing a future numbers crunch because people will not be able to afford rising tuition if their salaries are not rising.”
Enrollment at Loyola is at an all-time high with 16,040 total students, he said. This total is an achievement for him, knowing the growing popularity of the school and the need to expand while trying to stay within the budget.
The need to expand to accommodate for more students and staff became the rest of the items on Garanzini’s agenda during the address. He started with the different zones of construction the school will be undergoing in the near future.
Garinzini included graphics that showed animations of the three zones of construction focusing on the Lake Shore Campus:
First, the East Quad which includes the new Cuneo building and a new garden area that would run right along Lake Michigan.
Second, the South campus living which includes two new buildings, one for incoming freshman including a new dining hall and the other being offices with a new greenhouse study area.
Third, the West Quad which includes: a renovated CTA train station, possible hotel, and new apartments options for upperclassmen.
The consensus among the audience seemed that the new projected buildings would wow prospective students and families and make Loyola a top priority in the hunt for colleges.
“The new design for the university is unbelievable.” said Classical Studies Professor, Patricia Graham-Skoul, “If I were a parent now with a student coming to Loyola, I would be worried about theft, but with the new proposed design I would feel more at home and safe for my child while they were at school.”
By Matthew Prosia