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Cronkite Memorial Open During Break; Getting Few Visitors

As Missouri Western State University is closed for students and faculty during winter break, the Walter Cronkite Memorial on campus remains open to the public.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Missouri Western's frozen campus is barren of students during winter break.

That doesn't mean the University is completely closed, however.

The newly built Walter Cronkite Memorial is open seven days a week during the holiday season.

"This memorial is a tribute to our beloved native son," Missouri Western President Dr. Robert Vartabedian said in November at the Memorial's dedication.

Despite the memorial being open seven days a week during the holidays, business has been slow.

Lauren Ferguson works at the memorial on weekends and during the holidays. She keeps track of how many people visit when classes are not in session.

Since November 9th, 118 people have visited overall.

"The beginning when it opened there were events on campus on the weekends like football games and other events so there were more people that came during that time, but it has slowed down a little bit," Ferguson said.

Ferguson has kept a log of people's visits. On Monday, they had only five people. The busiest day, was back on November 16th.

Ferguson said it's deceiving because they do not keep track of visitors during the school week.

The Memorial will be closed on New Years Day and have limited hours on New Years Eve.

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