STARKVILLE, Mississippi (AP) — Mississippi State University officials say one wing in Ruby Hall will be closed for the entire spring semester while repairs to Oak Hall and Magnolia Hall could be completed in a few days.
The three dormitories suffered water damage this week after sub-freezing temperatures ruptured pipes and flooded the structures. In Ruby Hall, the dorm’s fire suppression system ruptured in the unit’s B wing, causing severe damage. Similar incidents occurred in the other two dorms but produced less damage.
MSU officials originally estimated the damage would displace about 450 students from the three dorms, but new assessments released Wednesday put that figure at about 120.
MSU’s housing department will assist displaced students transfer to other living options.
For three consecutive years, Mississippi State University has raised more than $80 million in outright gifts and pledges of future support from individuals, corporations, foundations, trusts and estates, with the just-ended 2013 fiscal year exceeding $81.3 million
Previous record years included FY 2012, in which Mississippi State experienced its largest single giving year total in school history with over $86.4 million. More than $80.3 million was raised in FY 2011.
“We deeply appreciate the generosity of alumni and friends who are investing their personal resources to help Mississippi State University carry out its invaluable mission of teaching, research and service,” said MSU President Mark E. Keenum. […]