Monday, September 27, 2010

A Paw on the Media

Auburn received some nice praise in the Daily Gamecock, the student newspaper at the University of South Carolina. (Thanks to Carol N. for passing on this story!) As if to underscore the point I made yesterday about some visitors' experience with Auburn, the newspaper's web site carries a story by three of its staff writers impressed with their interactions in Auburn:

"Jordan-Hare Stadium was an incredible experience due to a raucous crowd, a fantastic gameday environment and a gorgeous eagle that swooped over the stadium and sat on the sideline. The crowd chanted the entire game, but there were no rude catcalls toward USC or untoward motions to the fans, at least from our vantage points.

"This small town was the best of the best. Before the game, friends told us all the campus was like Clemson. Not true. This place was pristine with class. It had character. And the people had character. They even recycled."
I noted yesterday the changing face of Auburn over the years and landmarks that have taken their place in history. Today, The Birmingham News reports from Auburn that the university is gearing up for a building program to replace (or perhaps renovate) several buildings that are nearing the end of their "useful life": Haley Center and Parker, Allison, Funchess, Upchurch and Spidle halls.

Many people absolutely hated Haley. The layout of Haley is sometimes confusing and the '60s architecture is a bit cold. As a liberal arts major and (later) an employee of AU, though, I spent a lot of time in Haley Center. I have always liked it ... at least since my first visit there in the early '70s when my parents took me and other family members up to the Eagle's Nest.

I have a lot of good memories from time spent in Haley. I have to admit though it just hasn't been the same since the university restricted access to the Eagle's Nest and the areas on top of the shorter quads.

I also have good memories from Funchess. My grandfather's brother was a professor of horticulture with his office in Funchess. Sometimes he would take me and my brother to Funchess to his office or to the coolers where he and other researchers kept lab specimens.

The Birmingham News story mentions that Auburn may consider renovating and modernizing some of these buildings rather than replacing them. I would like to see Haley preserved and modernized if possible. I'm nostalgic like that.

Are there any buildings or other locations on campus that you have particularly fond memories of? Please share in the comments. I, and I am sure others, would enjoy reading about them.

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