Loyola downsizing won't hurt academic investment, provost says

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On Monday (Aug. 11) afternoon, construction workers hammered away in the quiet August heat at the final stages of the nearly $100 million renovation of Monroe Hall on the Loyola University main Uptown campus.

Students arriving this fall will walk into larger, brighter classroom and lab space chock-full with the latest technology. The overhaul of the two-story Nunemaker Auditorium inside Monroe Hall will be complete in December, bringing the five-year project to a close.

The bustling construction work seems out of joint with news on Friday that Loyola will offer voluntary buyouts to some staff and faculty and halve its contributions to employee retirement plans in an effort to close a budget deficit.

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