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In a nutshell: Without consultation with the campus
community, a monochrome committee composed of SBU and FSA
administrators and staff determined that the Toll Drive dorms should
be built behind the Wang AAC. They did not consider the
effect on Wang and these 6-story dorms, far taller than any
part of the main structure of Wang, will destroy the beauty
of its garden, make the theatre windows forever useless, and
visually cut the iconic pagoda sculpture atop the center in
When these problems were brought to
President Stanley's attention in April 2012, he had KSQ
Architects make drawings to show the effect of the new dorms
on Wang. The drawings were so inaccurate they showed 6-story
dorms as 3-stories high. Yet President Stanley continues to
point to them saying, 'see, the architects have shown the new
dorms won't be a problem.'
KSQ lied and Stanley is backing them
up for reasons he refuses to explain. One former FSA Board
member said that the Administration did not want to deal
with the environmentalists who opposed the hotel so they
chose a space where trees would not matter. A rumor is that
Athletics did not want space under 'their domain', eg by the
tennis courts, taken away, or the tennis courts moved. Until
Stanley gives logical and factual explanations, it does
appear that trees and tennis courts are more important to
him than the Asian community.
Not only does Stanley refuse to
discuss the drawings, he refuses to discuss why alternative
spaces were not chosen. One of those spaces, a mere two
minute walk away from the current Wang AAC on another side
of the same Student Union parking lot as the proposed dorms, was originally
offered to Charles Wang in 1996. If it was good enough for
Charles Wang then, why is it so difficult for Stanley to
explain why it is not good enough for dorms now?
Below are articles, editorials, letters to Stanley, the KSQ
drawings and explanations of their inaccuracies.