Plan to chop trees for new dining hall draws students' ire

Trees could get chopped as soon as May 1.

April 8—Western Michigan University's plans to chop down trees to construct a 26,688 square-foot building, which will become a two-story dining hall featuring seven restaurants, is raising the eyebrows of the university's environmentalists.

The dining hall will feature various styles of food, from Latin to comfort, and will seat more than 1,000 students from the three Valley residence halls. Preliminary plans have a plot in the center of the three Valley residence halls set for its location.

The Western Herald, WMU's student newspaper, is reporting the state-of-the-art facility could come at the expense of as many as 500 trees, which could be chopped down as soon as May 1.