Anderson, Indiana

After Colts leave, AU scrambles

Fri, 2010-08-20 15:03 -- univcomm
August 20, 2010

When the Indianapolis Colts left Anderson University on Wednesday, another team took over.

“We did three days worth of work in about five hours,” AU executive director of facilities Joe Royer said Thursday. Martin and Smith student residence halls had to be put back as they were before the Colts arrived, and a small army pitched in.

cleaning-up“We had probably 50 physical plant folks and maybe 70 Student Life folks and directors, and then the (AU) football team helped us,” Royer said. He said 99 percent of the conversion work was done on Wednesday, and just a few loose ends remained before student leaders move in on Friday.

[Photo: Workers clean up the remnants of Colts City on the Anderson University campus.]

New students will move in Aug. 26 and returning students on Aug. 27.

For the Colts, Royer said AU took the two twin-size beds in the dorms and strapped them together with extra padding to form king-size beds. But for some players, that wasn’t enough, and oversized beds had to be rented.

“A lot of the rooms had Rent-a-Center things in them. A lot of the Colts had brought TVs, things like that,” Royer said.

The AU football team members arrived on campus last week, and those who would have been housed in one of the dorms used by the Colts were housed temporarily in Fair Commons. On Thursday, those players were able to move into their housing for the school year, Royer said.

The Ravens had been practicing at Highland Junior High School during Colts camp, but now are back home at Macholtz Stadium.

“We moved all their equipment back over there,” Royer said. “It was a great team effort.”

— Dave Stafford is a reporter with The Herald Bulletin. Story reposted with permission.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the seventh consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing, and theology.