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THE COLLEGE or BUSINESS AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
Arizona Campus -
Strictly Southwestern in architecture, the 85-acre
campus centers about Old Main, which in the beginning
comprised the entire school.
Fifty-four new buildings have sprung up on the
desert of 1891 to fill the entire area inside the volcanic
rock walls which mark its original boundary. Although
the buildings went up one by one throughout the first
half of this century, all harmoniously conform to the
warm red-brick style with red tile roofs.
Like a refreshing oasis set into a residential area
of the Old Pueblo and the nearby desert, the campus
is colorful with cool green lawns and bright flowers
as brilliant sunshine bathes the red buildings.
Attractive drives, lined with palm and olive trees
and evergreens, curve around Gld Main's island and
border the lawns.
Among the Univer-sity's latest additions are the
Liberal Arts Building, which opened its doors in 1950,
and the Business and Public Administration Building,
which was completed in 1952. In the heart of the
campus stands the million-dollar Student Union, which
is Arizonais tribute to its sons who were killed in WO1'ld
The bell in the Student Union tower was taken
from the USS Arizona, which was sunk at Pearl Harbor.
The ringing bell salutes athletic victories over out-of-state
After completion of Coconino Hall, the new wom-
en's dormitory on Olive Road, attention turned toward
plans for the modern Fine Arts Building to be built
next door. Further expansion is planned to accommo-
date the growing enrollment of 5,750.
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ld Main of 1891
The University Bill, locating a state university in
Tucson, was passed in 1885. C. C. Stevens, jacob Samuel
Mansfeld and Seliin M. Franklin were instrumental in
passing the bill, although many Tucsonans wanted the
state capital or the insane asylum located here instead.
Three gamblers, two of whom were saloon keepers, were
persuaded to give forty acres of land for the University
Ground was broken that year for Old Main. Two
years later the building stood uncompleted, no money
was available. Federal funds were received in 1890, and
the construction was finished.
A faculty of six and a student body of thirty-two
comprised the University when it opened on October- 1,
1891. Only foiu' of the thirty-two students were actually
in the college department, the remaining twenty-eight
were enrolled in the preparatoiy department.
Growth was slow until 1910. The 'twenties saw
much expansion in all phases of the University. Four
new major buildings were added during that decade, and
ten buildings were constructed during the 1980,s.
After 1940, growth was phenomenal, and since that
time enrollment and growth has been on a steady upward
TREES and flowers in abundance add shade, color and beauty
to the campus all year -round, as in this walk to the Auditorium.
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