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More revealed on Grambling's beautification project

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GRAMBLING, La., (KNOE 8 News) - According to Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue, one of the gems of the university's recently launched campus beautification project is "Tiger Square," a plot of ground that he sees as a gathering place for casual conversations, academic pursuits and plenty of photographs.

The space – in front of the Long-Jones Hall administration building and across from the Eddie G. Robinson Museum and Grambling Hall – will feature a huge tiger sculpture. When completed, it will stand on its hind legs, raising a paw in the air and have places for students and others to sit and take photographs.

"Those who went to school when I went to school here know that the university campus used to be divided into two sections, one for men and one for women," said Stacey Duhon, vice president of student affairs and a 1989 graduate of Grambling State University. "At 12 midnight, you had to be on your side of the campus, so young men and young women would meet at the square so they could say that they were on their way to their dorm, and their side of the campus, or that they were just going to get something to eat."

The university's first commissioned tiger sculpture is replacing a flagpole that has been in the same spot near the museum, formerly used as a women's gym and auditorium in the 1930s until T.H. Harris Auditorium was built. The new square will include a circular walkway, flowers and shrubbery, some of which will turn bright gold in the fall.

A large illustration of the tiger sculpture was displaying during the late morning event. Duhon said the sculpture will stand about 20 feet, making it a clear, visible focal point on campus. "It will be at least twice the size of a real-life tiger," she said. Tigers are the largest of the world's cat species, sometimes maturing at more than 10 feet in length and as much as 300 pounds. Its dark reddish orange vertical stripes separate it from other cat family members, including the jaguar and the lion.

Ante' Britten, associate vice president of finance and administration, said this part of the institution's $800,000 federal Title III project is one of the most interesting because he and others are learning quite a bit of university history. "It's been remarkable how much this project has brought the campus together, this Tiger Square was an cooperation between SGA, student affairs and facilities," he said. "We can't wait to see how students and alums, new and old, respond to the completed project."

In addition to the tiger, a new fountain and a university logo "G" were unveiled.

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