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With VCU and Butler joining as well as our fellow conference members, how about us giving our members a tour guide the A10 campuses.

Here is a video from June 1, 2012 - A New Master Plan for UMass.
click on the video but will quote the article.

AMHERST, Mass. - With the campus in the midst of a $1 billion capital improvement program, the University of Massachusetts Amherst has adopted a new physical master plan that looks 50 years into the future. The plan matches academic vision with facilities to strengthen a sense of community and enhance the campus’s beauty.
http://www.umass.edu/newsoffice/newsreleases/articles/154126.php.html



https://www.google.com/search?q=umass+amherst+campus&hl=en&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&rlz=1I7DKUS_en&prmd=ivnsm&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=LKO4TYXSBqfo0QGlnNjlDw&ved=0CEYQsAQ&biw=973&bih=556
 

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Our campus: http://www.sbu.edu/undergraduate_Admissions.aspx?id=1750

New Business building: http://www.sbu.edu/about_sbu.aspx?id=2270

Bona's was recently voted the most beautiful place in Cattaraugus County (winning over some stringent competition I'm sure) and has renovated four residence halls and the dining hall and built a new science center, recereation center in the last 8 years. Also, I saw yesterday they replaced the St. Bonaventure bushes on the front lawn of Doyle....they had never quite recovered after someone drove over them a couple years ago*.

Bonas is great if you like lots of green space, brick buildings and tile roofing. If you like cities or people or that kind of thing you'll be out of luck.

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Our campus: http://www.sbu.edu/undergraduate_Admissions.aspx?id=1750

New Business building: http://www.sbu.edu/about_sbu.aspx?id=2270

Bona's was recently voted the most beautiful place in Cattaraugus County (winning over some stringent competition I'm sure) and has renovated four residence halls and the dining hall and built a new science center, recereation center in the last 8 years. Also, I saw yesterday they replaced the St. Bonaventure bushes on the front lawn of Doyle....they had never quite recovered after someone drove over them a couple years ago*.

Bonas is great if you like lots of green space, brick buildings and tile roofing. If you like cities or people or that kind of thing you'll be out of luck.

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Where are the cows?
 

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Where are the cows?
Gone since 1952: http://web.sbu.edu/friedsam/archives/buildings/Barns.htm

From 1904 until 1952, St. Bonaventure was home to a farm. It was located on the floodplain by the river, which today serves as the university's athletic fields. Managed by students, the farm was responsible for providing food for the university's residents. At its peak, the farm was home to 65 cows and 600 pigs, and it produced 6000 bushels of potatoes and 1500 bushels of oats per year across its 200 acres. Originally, the farm stretched into what is considered main campus today. Built in 1912, the farm's original barns were located behind Butler Gymnasium.
Cows on campus:


Students rescuing pigs from a flood:
 

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Here's one for URI, good view of the campus

 

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Well many VCU fans have seen UR's campus, but I will guess Butler fans have not. Richmond is just on the western edge of the city limits, surrounded by a lovely neighborhood.

Library Tower


Library, Commons and Lake


Commons


North Court


Modlin Fine Arts


Robins School of Business


Ryland Hall


Weinstein Hall


Richmond Law


Dormitories


Greek Theater


Robins Stadium
 

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it does look very nice. URI has a nice mix of buildings on their campus.

Old large stone building


New buildings being built
 

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Wow, those photos of UR are nice. I might have to consider a road trip there in the near future. Very nice.
No one's PR photos are crappy. Out of all the college brochures ever, I'm pretty sure the only ones that even have clouds in the pictures are for meteorology schools.
 

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No one's PR photos are crappy. Out of all the college brochures ever, I'm pretty sure the only ones that even have clouds in the pictures are for meteorology schools.
Pretty sure most if not all of those UR photos are bostonspider's own shots, not PR photos.
 

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it does look very nice. URI has a nice mix of buildings on their campus.

Old large stone building


New buildings being built
URI has an interesting campus, there are definitely some really nice parts to it. Other parts seem a little off and could use some improvement, but definitely a decent enough place to go visit.

They had some nice shots in that UMass video, and clearly they shot it at a good time of year when everything was in bloom. Good thing they didn't show the football stadium though...goddamn that thing is ugly.

I can't wait to go back after all the improvements are done from the $1 billion deal (it's for the entire UMass system, Amherst just gets the most because we're the main campus). Looking at the improvements made even since I was a student, the campus has gotten really great.
 

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the upperclassmen dorms at URI do leave something to be desired (behind the football field) they were suppose to be temporary but then were made permanent and were never really fixed up
 

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UR's campus is only going to get prettier in the next few years, as they start tearing down the smale condo like apartments and expand the new "South Campus" with condo style apartment buildings, new admissions complex, administrative space, continuing education, and a new main entrance from the south side / river road. UR will rework roads, paths and intramural athletic fields into a more cohesive whole, working to remove more cars from the campus core.

 

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No one's PR photos are crappy. Out of all the college brochures ever, I'm pretty sure the only ones that even have clouds in the pictures are for meteorology schools.
That's generally true, but UR is really one of the nicest college campuses in the country. I will never forget the first time I visited the school as a prospective and it lived up to all of the pretty pictures in the brochures they sent me.
 
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