LSU students protest art building conditions
BATON ROUGE - Students at LSU carried signs through the Baton Rouge campus to protest conditions in the university's nearly 100-year-old Studio Arts building.
With signs that had message such as "Love Purple / Live Mold", the students voiced frustration about the presence of asbestos, lead paint, and mold throughout the building. Protests have been happening on social media for some time before Friday.
The Studio Arts building was constructed in 1924 and has never received a significant renovation. A 100-pound chunk of the concrete ceiling recently collapsed while students were away on Thanksgiving break.
LSU officials maintain the building is safe for students to work in.
Sen. Dan Claitor, R-Baton Rouge, toured the facility after the incident and said he would fight for more funding, but the school is unlikely to see enough to handle renovations to the historic structure due to a lack of additional private funding.
In 2012 $1.3 million was set aside to study and plan a renovation, which found it would cost an estimated $15 million. Students plan another demonstration outside the Capitol on April 8 to try and draw lawmakers' attention to their concerns.
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