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The construction status outside of College Hall. on Oct. 15, 2019. Sam Carliner | The Montclarion
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It has been more than two years since Montclair State University students said goodbye to College Hall as they knew it. The renovation of the 111-year-old building began on June 7, 2017, and while there’s still work to be done, students can expect the construction to finish by next autumn.

University President, Dr. Susan Cole, spoke about what students can expect once it’s finished.

“It is getting a complete makeover and it will be a terrific space for students,” Cole said.

The building served as Montclair State’s original building back when the university was founded in 1908. Once the renovations are complete, it will serve as a one-stop shop for all student services, such as financial aid and advice, academic advice, registrar support and disability accommodations, to name a few.

The building will also contain several administrative offices, including the president’s office, the provost’s office and the vice president for student development.

Professional services are not all the building has to offer. There will also be recreational spots such as a large gathering space, student lounges and study areas. In addition to the indoor spaces, the landscaping around the building will be updated for outdoor gathering.

Students who came to the university before construction began were sad to see Einstein Bros. Bagels go. The popular bagel food chain served as a breakfast spot within College Hall, but it will instead have a Panera Bread, which many students are excited for.

Nick Cherrey, a junior studying audio and sound design, said he’s excited to have a new place to get sandwiches.

“I’m very excited because we don’t have any good places for sandwiches, other than So Deli which is just alright,”…

How do you feel about students purposely

damaging and vandalizing school property?

By Tre Cameron & Gary Brown

Communication & Media Arts


Carlos WIlliam Gonzalez

“The vandalization at Montclair [State University] could be disrespectful depending on what they draw on the walls. Some people are really inappropriate. I feel like it’s not the best thing for the school. I think Montclair [State] should take tactics to take off the vandalization or talk to the students doing it or have cameras that show it.”

Earth & Environmental Science


Shane Mitchell

“I don’t get why people would do it, it seems pointless. I don’t feel very strongly when I see it. It’s not something I really think about, but when it’s not there that’s certainly nicer. I don’t have any strong feelings one way or the other.”

Communication Studies


Delanie Demarco

“I feel that the vandalization occurring is disrespectful. A lot of us take pride in what our campus looks like and it affects how comfortable we feel on campus. So it’s not just affecting the buildings but also our comfort.”



Anthony Morin

“I feel that vandalization on campus is wrong, people shouldn’t be doing it. I’ve seen it happen it on a day-to-day basis. I’ve seen people pull flowers out of the pots and I’ve seen vandalization in the bathrooms. I just think it’s wrong.”