RENO, NV - It is the second day of class for the Visual Foundation students.
The class at UNR is mostly filled with freshman.
You may think their instructor Howard Rosenberg is eccentric.
You'd be right, but not so much so that he doesn't believe in having desks and chairs for this students,which is what they walked in to on Monday afternoon.
“It was kinda creepy when I walked in because there was nothing there,” says Cossondra Pellerin, a freshman in the class.
“Well actually, I got lost trying to find the classroom to begin with so, I actually wen through the back over there during construction. So I thought they were like still building and hadn't finished the room when I walked in,” says Ivette Zaragoza, another freshman.
A portion of the arts department was moved to the old student union building on campus.
While everyone is thrilled with the new space, filling that space with desks and chairs is a little more problematic.
“The legislature has always been very good in so far as capital improvement money is concerned, but there is no O and M money--operating, maintenance, and furniture,” says Professor Rosenberg.
Rosenberg says soon the bare walls will be filled with art and art exhibits for students.
The chairs and desks will be there in about two weeks.
While the situation is not common at UNR, its not impossible in light of an impossibly tight university budget.
“Our newer buildings are budgeted in a way that we receive budget that funds both the building and furniture and equipment. But our older buildings are a bit different. The furniture, and equipment that would need to be replaced is budgeted in a different way,” says Jane Tors with the communications department of UNR.
Tors says the maintenance budget will be able to furnish desks and chairs for those art students, but she says keep in mind it's a fluid budget where priorities come and go.
A great example are the stairs at Lawlor Events Center.
Roped for years because they need repair, they are only now getting the attention they need.