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GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Changes at the University of North Dakota sparking outrage from some donors.

The meditation center is among a number of buildings being demolished, and at least one person's heart is breaking.

The UND community has been meditating at the Lotus Center for 20 years, but that's all going to change next week, as the building is scheduled to be torn down. Some are not happy about it.

95-year-old Tamar Read says when she was younger she was diagnosed with floating anxiety, and says meditation has helped her cope through the years.

So when the University's international center was adding onto the building, the retired music professor got an idea.

Read: "I was on the board at the international center and while they were doing that would they add the meditation center, and that was the answer, yes, if you pay for it, so I did."

When she found out it was going to be destroyed within a few days, she was heartbroken.

Read: "This morning I woke up and I was close to tears like I've been abolished which is what they're doing with the meditation center."

UND says they're not abolishing the group itself, just relocating them. The meditation center will be able to use Room 17 in Swanson Hall, which is just finishing up renovations. But Read isn't impressed.

Read: “They said they would put us in a room. They're gonna jam ‘em all into this. No daylight, it's down in the ground in a tunnel."

Read says she's trying to keep an open mind about the change, but says she's still crushed.

Read: "Everybody goes through some kind of change and it's uncomfortable to whatever degree and that's the way life is, and then the other one is feeling very hurt."

As of now the University says demolition of the Lotus Center starts on Monday.

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