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Scientific Antiques up for Sale at Southwestern University

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Ashley Johnson just graduated from Southwestern University in May, but more than a month later, you can still find her working away in the school's science lab.

"Some would say tedious, I would say exciting,” she said. “Days can get a little long, but you never know what you're going to uncover in these attics."

The project Ashley is working on has been dubbed by students as "Scientique,” a garage sale of sorts aiming to clean out decades of storage before construction begins on the $8.1 million expansion of the school's science wing.

“My initial thought was, ‘This stuff is older than the hills,’” associate professor Willis Weigand said. “I saw lots of things that I used as an undergraduate 40 or 50 years ago.”

Students have spent more than a month cleaning out four-stories of the building. Items up for sale range from decades-old chemistry and physics equipment, to rocks, minerals and fossils from all over the Texas area.

“Over time, faculty tend to leave their equipment behind and that kind of builds these layers of equipment,” student Chandler Johnson said. “They never really get sorted through

The students say it's not all about raising money. Instead, it's about showcasing the school's past.

“When we say we have this equipment that students have used to make the community better, I think people in the community want to have that history, and this is just an outlet for that,” Chandler said.

The items will be on sale Saturday at Southwestern's Fondren-Jones Science Hall from 7:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. All of the money raised will go to the University's general fund.

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