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Monday, September 26, 2022

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Man on the Street: Students celebrate the return of the fountain


The Cullen Family Plaza Fountain and Reflection Pool was filled over spring break after sitting empty for the majority of the past two years.

Many students flocked to the fountain Tuesday morning, and several said it was their first time seeing it filled during their time at the University. The fountain was donated by the Cullen family in 1972 and has been periodically plagued with leaks and faulty mechanical systems.

After being put back into service on March 14, the fountain will remain in testing mode with the possibility of short outages until further notice, said David Oliver, associate vice president for Facilities and Construction Management. Oliver said the school is also looking into upgrading the LED lights for more cost-effective and controllable options.

While students lounged around the edge of the fountain, workers were systematically testing its jets.

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