Breaking news - As I was standing in line at the Dunkin Donuts I overheard three faculty members talking. Apparently, last night or the night before there was a faculty meeting of some sort at President Berkey's house. He let it be known that he wants to go ahead with the new athletic center. Because of the recession there are certain financial incentives to start building sooner. The total cost of the project is expected to be $50 million. Right now he apparently has a surplus of $7 million that could be used to start the process.
The faculty seemed surprised by the rush to build things. They made a few comments about how their respective departments could use $7 million.