Collins in response to the editorial board’s “CWRU’s new alumni center not best use of space”

To the editor,

Thanks for the editorial on the Linsalata alumni center last week. I, too, am less than thrilled by the idea of desirable space on Northside being slurped up for the occasional use of former students, particularly without any consultation of current ones—or, to put a point on it, without any consultation of alumni-to-be.

Having just put in a university (not student) center, Case Western Reserve University already has plenty of large event spaces, which the alumni center should be enabled to use. It would be great to see the alumni center be expanded in a way that better respects and preserves its original building. It need not sprawl. Meanwhile the house at 11320 Juniper is a piece of the neighborhood’s past. These won’t be around forever, and we have to work to preserve them. Making it home to a Greek chapter, as you suggest, may be a good way to do that.

For those students interested in saving the building, the next meeting of the Cleveland Planning Commission’s Euclid Corridor design review committee will be held Thursday, Oct. 1, at 8 a.m. in the Agora Building, 5000 Euclid Avenue. It’s also worth noting that the building has been nominated as a landmark, under the name “Frank C. Caine House,” in the Cleveland Landmarks Commission, the next meeting of which is Thursday, Oct. 8 at 9 a.m. in Room 514 at City Hall. (Greeks in search of houses, take note.)

We who want to see the house preserved and an alumni center that benefits everyone in the long term should take these opportunities to make our voices heard. It’s clear that no one is going to ask us.

Kristina Collins