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First Day of School
  September 12, 2006
Mike Stepanovich, 661/654-2456,,
or Jaclyn Loveless, 661/654-2138,

Students returning to California State University, Bakersfield Tuesday for the first day of classes for the 2006-07 school year will find some significant differences from last year.

Parking Lot E, formerly located between the Health Center and the science buildings, is now located south of the Health Center. The new parking lot, completed in early June, has spaces for nearly 600 cars, an increase of more than 200 over old Lot E's 320-car capacity.

The former site of Lot E is where the new Math and Computer Science Building is being constructed. The $19 million building is expected to be ready for classes in winter quarter 2008.

To provide pedestrian access from the new Lot E to the center of campus, a new walkway has been completed between Lot E and the Business Development Center. The walkway will take pedestrians east of the Health Center to the Business Development Center and the center of campus.

CSUB police also advised students walking north along Roadrunner Drive from Lot I to continue on east of Science II into the center of campus to avoid the construction zone.

Student Way, which runs east-west connecting Roadrunner Drive and CSUB Way, will remain open to vehicular traffic.

Also new is the stoplight at Roadrunner Drive and Camino Media at the south entrance to campus.

Police Lt. Richard Yorke said the bicycle path through campus is open, providing campus access to those wishing ride bicycles. Plenty of bicycle racks are available, he said.

Also, student passes for Golden Empire Bus service are available at a reduced rate a the CSUB cashier's office.