IT'S BEEN ABOUT a month since instructors cleaned out their offices in the old Music Education building on the U of M's Minneapolis campus. They were evicted as part of a university plan to mothball the building--one of the U's oldest--along with 12 others on Twin Cities campuses. Technically, the buildings will be "decommissioned"--the heat, water, and electricity will get shut off, boards will go up in the windows, and they'll sit empty. University officials are on record as saying that at least some of the buildings will fall victim to the wrecking ball. Preservationists, however, say that's short-sighted. In fact, they and the university have long been at work on a plan outlining fixes for the school's aging but historic facilities, a plan they fear... More >>>