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Matt Bevin Announces the Wildcat Coal Lodge will get a $21 Million Renovation


Matt Bevin announced his first budget this evening.  With many cuts expected, this announcement came as a bit of a surprise.  The Wildcat Coal Lodge, home of the basketball team, will receive a $21 million renovation and expansion, only four years after it opened in 2012.   

Most of the new dorms on campus are private entities, but in the deal with EdR, The Lodge was an exception, making it a public entity available to receive public funds.

In other news on postsecondary education funding, all future public money will be allocated based on outcomes.


UK explains the rationale for the expansion to Matt.

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Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

6 Comments for Matt Bevin Announces the Wildcat Coal Lodge will get a $21 Million Renovation

  1. AirForceOne
    10:00 pm January 26, 2016 Permalink

    Considering it cost $7.5 million to build, it must be one heckuva renovation!

  2. jomani
    10:23 pm January 26, 2016 Permalink

    As a student this really pisses me off. Look at some of the buildings around campus (white hall, funkhouser, law school, thomas hunt morgan building) and how run down they are. While I realize many buildings affecting normal students have been created or renovated, only a few select students will benefit from this renovation. Even if funded from a different source, why cant that money go to scholarships or hiring competent staff professors? It is quite frustrating that many professors here are tenured to do research. The best teachers ive had do not do research but instead focus on TEACHING. Sorry rant over but UK is really quite an embarrassment of an institution

    • Angelo
      2:03 am January 27, 2016 Permalink

      Learn it online. Teaching in buildings is obsolete.

    • CATandMONKEY
      8:13 am January 27, 2016 Permalink

      Do you think the teaching vs research/publishing issue is any different at Michigan, Stanford, Duke or Harvard? I graduated from one of UK’s nationally top-ranked graduate programs almost 20 years ago and it was the same issue then. One of my profs freely admitted that he was cautioned to devote less time to preparing lectures and teaching and rather focus more on grants and publishing – despite the fact he had three major journal articles published within that previous year.

      I also did a double take when I saw this amount slated for a renovation and expansion however I am not too concerned nor surprised, except by the $ total.

    • theWilkman
      10:42 am January 27, 2016 Permalink

      I guess the $100+ million spent to improve housing, dining, and campus life for all non-academic students doesn’t count? As bad as Whitehall, funkhouser, etc. may be, the old dorms were markedly worse. I lived in Haggin, I know from experience. The dining area for athletes was demolished while rebuilding the dorms for the non-athlete students, so this is the replacement.

      Jomani walks by the multi-million dollar student center being completely rebuilt and complains about a lack of improvement for the general student population. Get a grip.

  3. DT in DC
    7:58 am January 27, 2016 Permalink

    If you think it’s such an embarrassment of an institution, you should probably transfer.