The Cascade Complex at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon.

The Cascade Complex at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon.

Denise Baratta/Ashland Daily Tidings

Alyssa Marie Mathews is at Southern Oregon University in the Bachelor of Fine Arts acting program. But for the past few weeks she has been an activist on behalf of her program which she says is suffering as a result of being in the half-century old Cascade Complex buildings on Indiana Street on the university campus. All admit, SOU staff and students alike, that the buildings are old, leaky and in disrepair.

“It’s rough. The whole complex is rough,” said university spokesman Joe Mosley.

“We’re the people paying for this. We’re paying so much money. Theater students pay a theater differential and we pay a building fee. It’s very unfair and it’s very messed up,” Mathews said.

Her concerns were addressed last week Thursday when facilities staff and students put together a hurried meeting with short notice. “We originally thought we may need to do a couple of things. We had just heard about these concerns and wanted to get ahead of them. We only had about four hours notice but we got a good turn out,” said Mosley, who reported between 50 and 60 students present.

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