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NSU students adjust to temporary music classrooms

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The Johnson Fine Arts Center on the campus of Northern State University is about to undergo roughly 11 million dollars worth renovations to update the over 40 year old facility.

"When I first heard about this what like, 'this is going to be awesome!' then it dawned on me, this is not going to be done in my time," senior Joseph Weseloh said.

Weseloh is one of many that will be graduated before the Johnson Fine Arts Center renovations are completed.

In the meantime, Weseloh and his classmates needed temporary rooms for music classes.

Jerde Hall as well as other buildings on campus are temporarily holding fine arts classes, and students and teachers say the new spaces are efficient.

"I was worried about practice space. I was worried about the sound of the area, but honestly so far it's working pretty well," Weseloh said.

The old cafeteria in Jerde Hall is playing the role of the temporary choir and band room. "We needed a large space here on campus, and this is a room that was not being used very much.

It was the former dining hall for Jerde Hall, one of the dormitories. The kitched is no longer being used as a kitchen, and it just has a lot of space," Director of choral activity, Timothy Woods, said.

The college plans to begin renovations in October. The entire building is empty of classes and offices at this time.

The Capitol Theater and Aberdeen Cultural Center will be providing students for places to host productions when the Fine Arts center is being renovated. The project is scheduled to take a year and a half to complete.

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