Gus Vozick – Assistant News Editor
THE UNIVERSITY Boathouse on Lake Cormorant, which collapsed in the severe ice storm of October 2008, will reopen on May 1, according to PSU Athletic Director Fabian “Pip” Midkiff.
The building was scheduled for completion over two years ago. Midkiff denies rumors that the delay was the result of funding problems and serious errors in construction. “We took the time to do it right,” he said. “The new boathouse is a thoroughly modern, eco-friendly, state-of-the-art recreation and conference facility, but we’ve maintained the basic design and classic feel of the space in honor of PSU’s century-long tradition of sailing excellence.” Midkiff said that many of the materials used in the rebuilding were salvaged from the original boathouse. Careful observers may even come across boards carved with graffiti by mischievous PSU students of yesteryear. “It’s all part of the building’s history,” he explained. “Plus, you can’t find wood like that anymore.”
Surviving members of PSU’s 1949 Catherwood Cup-winning men’s sailing team will be the guests of honor at the ribbon cutting ceremony. Students will be able to register for Summer I & II sailing and windsurfing classes during the regular April registration period.