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[PHOTO] Stepping Up: Summer 2008

Hundreds flocked to the Campus Center to speak with Chelsea Clinton during the presidential primaries.

A new era begins

Years of dreams have turned into months of reality — and the reality has more than lived up to the fondest hopes that IUPUI's new Campus Center would become the heart of student life.

Opened in January, the five-story center provides more than a quartermillion square feet of space for students to study, relax, eat and buy books, materials and apparel. It's also well suited for special events large and small. Student support offices call it home. Campus tours start and end there. And special events from concerts to pep rallies to political debates use a wide range of rooms and open spaces.

In little more than six months, the Campus Center already is living up to the praise IUPUI alumnus Carey Lykins (the president and CEO of Citizens Gas & Coke Utility) gave it during the April 9 dedication ceremonies when he called it a "shining beacon" of the campus.