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Centennial Student Union Ballroom gets a makeover

$4.5 million cost paid by student fees

Centennial Student Union Ballroom is being renovated, but the new look won't erase decades of entertainment and lecture history.

By Robb Murray, Free Press Staff Writer [published in The Free Press, Mankato, MN, 3/31/2011]

Whether you loved it or hated it, one thing’s probably for certain: You probably didn’t forget it.

For years the Centennial Student Union Ballroom at Minnesota State Mankato has been maligned. Whether it’s the cave-like lighting or the ceiling that looked like an asbestos-covered experiment in Martian architecture, the ballroom was a unique piece of the Minnesota State Mankato personality puzzle.

But now, and for the next eight months, the ballroom will be a construction zone. And the memorable room that played host to ex-presidents, classic rock bands and feminist icons will be transformed into a technologically revamped center of campus activity. It is the last area of the student union to have never been renovated.

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