Help us send a message to President Adams that we are not okay with the destruction of UGA's historic campus. The University's plans to demolish historic Rutherford Hall are indicative of larger issues facing our school. The administration has shirked its responsibilities as stewards of our University's rich heritage by ignoring a decade old mandate from the State of Georgia to develop a preservation plan for the campus. Sign this petition and let them know that we value our entire campus, and we are not okay with the loss of our historic buildings, the encroachment on our beloved green spaces, and the tons of waste that will be added to our landfills. UGA is special to all of us for many different reasons, but we can all agree that we want our history, memories, and pride preserved for future generations. Sign the petition today!
We the undersigned, as supporters and stakeholders in the University of Georgia, feel that is imperative that the administration reexamine their plans to demolish Rutherford Hall and take the necessary steps to protect UGA's rich heritage for future generations of Bulldogs. As the oldest state chartered university in the country, it is the duty and expectation of the administration to safeguard that heritage. Recently the stewardship of our historic campus has been called into question by such organizations as the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation. All of these organizations have come out against the demolition of historic Rutherford Hall. We have heard the opinions of these and other organizations, as well as the University's position, and the following is a list of our expectations:
UGA's rich heritage is important not only to alumni and students but to all the residents of the State of Georgia who take great pride in our prestigious university. A significant element of that pride is the university's history and its standing among higher educational institutions in the United States. Integral to that standing is the preservation of the places that make UGA special to all of us and give us a connection to the past and a platform for the future. Preserve UGA's heritage.
Buildings like Rutherford Hall represent living history and should be passed on to future generations of students. Rehabilitate Rutherford Hall.
South Campus is as important to the students and alumni of UGA as North Campus and thus deserves the same respect. Plan for the future of South Campus.
Demolition of historic structures, and the accompanying environmental impact both on the campus and on the local landfills, should be avoided at all cost. Be true to UGA's stated principles of sustainability.
Green spaces like the Myers Quad are critical to the well-rounded experience of students and should be maintained for their recreation and relaxation. Respect the student experience and the memories of alumni.
The current administration does not own the campus; they are temporary stewards of our rich heritage. As such, they should seek and respect public opinion and make public the studies they claim support their decisions. Involve all stakeholders in critical decisions affecting campus heritage.
Fiscal responsibility with regard to the campus' resources should be consistent. Differed maintenance and neglect should not be regarded as the basis for the future demolition of our valuable historic resources. No demolition by neglect.
UGA's administration should publicly commit to the stewardship of all of UGA's historic campus by completing the preservation master plan mandated by the State of Georgia. Join historic campuses across the country in making historic preservation a priority.
We hope that the administration will consider our concerns, as the stakeholders of the University of Georgia, and take the actions necessary to not only preserve Rutherford Hall but also the pride we all feel for our school.
Thank you for taking a stand for Rutherford by signing the Save Rutherford Hall petition. Despite overwhelming outcry from the public, the University has decided to move forward with its demolition plans. The University System of Georgia Board of Regents will consider their request to demolish Rutherford at their November meeting so we must act fast. Help us spread the word and save this important piece of our University's heritage. Write the regents and tell them to save Rutherford Hall!
They can be reached through Chancellor Huckaby at firstname.lastname@example.org, and please copy email@example.com. Below you will find a form letter addressing the main points of contention on this issue. You can simply sign and forward the letter or we welcome you to write your own.
Thank you for your support and let's save Rutherford!
Dear Board of Regents Member,
The University of Georgia has asked you to approve plans for demolition of historic Rutherford Hall to make way for a new dormitory building. I strongly oppose the demolition of Rutherford Hall and ask that you deny their request.
Rutherford Hall is a valuable historic resource for the University of Georgia and an integral part of the cherished Myers Quadrangle. Its loss would leave a tremendous scar on the campus and be a mark of shame on the oldest state chartered university in the country. More importantly, the demolition of Rutherford Hall would be an embarrassing waste of financial and natural resources at a time when our universities should be models of sustainability. The only financial figure released shows that a new building will be twelve and half thousand dollars more, per room, than renovating the existing building. Beyond that you will add a massive amount of non-biodegradable waste to the Athens landfills, while using far more resources to build another building on the site. In recent months your body has frequently called for less new construction and less financial waste; stand by those principles now and set an example for the university system to follow.
You should be aware of the tremendous outpouring of support for Rutherford from the students, your stakeholders, against this demolition. Rutherford represents the most cost effective option for students, which is all the more important given the hikes in tuition costs and the changes in H.O.P.E. funding. The housing cost to students for a new Rutherford will be prohibitively higher in order for the University to pay back the Real Estate Foundation%u2019s bond. I hope that you will remember that you are charged not only with watching the bottom line, but making higher education accessible to as many students as possible. These students recognize Rutherford Hall%u2019s economic and cultural value and you would be remised to ignore their opinion.
Finally, the Board of Regents had the foresight to recognize the value of our historic resources and mandate that our institutions of higher learning plan for their protection. The University of Georgia, the largest single holder of historic resources within the University System, has failed to comply with your mandate and now wishes to deprive future generation%u2019s access to this historic touchstone to history. I urge you to stand behind your proactive mandate and refuse to allow this important resource to be lost. Do not set a dangerous precedent by allowing yourself to be overruled.
I hope that you will recognize the importance of your decision on this issue and the repercussions of failing to save Rutherford Hall. Show the restraint needed to save excessive amounts of money and materials from being wasted on an unnecessary reconstruction. Have the wisdom to recognize the profound value of Rutherford Hall to its residents and alumni and its potential for the future. Finally, have the courage to stand behind your mandate so that future generations can enjoy Rutherford Hall.
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