MOB needs a replacement space
The Thresher believes that it is unfortunate that the Marching Owl Band and non-major music classes are being left out in the cold and forced to gather in a room that is less than suitable for their needs (see story, pg. 6). The university needs to provide a space, such as the old swimming pool room in Autry Court, for these groups that have been a part of the campus culture for years.
The MOB works hard to entertain students with their unique performances and witty displays. The music classes also offer a unique experience for students by agreeing to teach students the art of music without requiring a student's knowledge of the instrument as a prerequisite. It is important that the university lends its support in increasing funds to obtain a space for these groups that have given a tremendous amount to students.
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