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October 21, 2012, 1:28 pm
A couple of years ago, I visited Green Mountain College and toured the Vermont college’s post-petroleum farm, which instructs students in ways to conduct agriculture without fossil-fuel inputs. That means that animals do a lot of work on the farm, and the most essential of those animals were a pair of oxen, Lou and Bill. They were magnificent creatures—an embodiment of power, with long horns and formidable muscle under coats the color of creamed coffee.
My tour guides, Dayna Halprin and Laura Wolfgang, and I began talking about the fate of the animals on the farm. They are sent to slaughter or, as Ms. Wolfgang described, sometimes slaughtered by students themselves. As I recall, Ms. Halprin was a vegetarian…
October 19, 2012, 8:11 am
• Southern California Institute of Architecture Shows Off Competititon Plans for Outdoor Pavilion (SCIArch image of winning entry by Marcelo Spina and Georgina Huljich)
Grove City College has opened a 16,500-square-foot building to house offices for chapel programs and student-ministry groups and to provide seminar and social space. The sandstone-sheathed building, designed by Archer & Buchanan Architecture, was designed to harmonize with the existing chapel, which with it shares a new lawn. (Tom Crane photo)
October 10, 2012, 2:11 pm
Wilson College’s 1925 library has been closed for more than a year, but the college has been working with Murray Associates Architects to plan a renovation that would keep the 1925 portion (at left) and replace a 1962 addition with a glass-walled structure. (Murray Associates image)
Chambersburg, Pa. — For such a small institution—it has only 695 students this semester—Wilson College has a very handsome library. It’s a restrained Collegiate Gothic building from 1925 with limestone towers flanking a central doorway and arched windows overlooking the college’s central green. The windows also enliven the interior, which is otherwise plain.
Unfortunately, the library has been closed for more than a year, thanks to an assortment of leaks that are emblematic of the challenges facing the struggling women’s college, which has not been able to meet its enrollment goals. The most …
October 9, 2012, 3:48 pm
The U. of Oregon is preparing to open the $65-million, 103,000-square-foot Lewis Integrative Science Building. The building, connected to others in the university’s science complex, features open labs, offices for faculty members and graduate students, and an atrium with a three-story whiteboard to encourage “cross-pollination,” university officials say. The building is designed to earn LEED platinum certification. (U. of Oregon photo)
October 4, 2012, 1:08 pm
In the mid-1990s, Mary Ellen Armentrout took it upon herself to compile a catalog of Ohio’s 115 Carnegie libraries. At the time, she was the interlibrary-loan librarian at Otterbein College, whose Carnegie library now houses the admissions office, and she took The Chronicle on a memorable daylong tour of libraries large and small.
Since publishing her book, Carnegie Libraries of Ohio, she has kept up with the fates of what she calls “my libraries,” and she filed this report on the recent renovation of the Carnegie building at Cedarville University, which was one of the stops on that long-ago tour. The photos are hers too.
The little library in Cedarville, Ohio, that Andrew Carnegie financed in 1908 has been restored to its original beauty thanks to the foresight of Cedarville University administrators. Once a library open to both the college and the town, it later became the…
October 3, 2012, 8:45 am
Wesley College spent $2.7-million this summer creating two pedestrian plazas as part of an effort to create a more campus-like feel for the institution. The plazas offer students wireless Internet access and electrical outlets in addition to see-and-be-seen space. (Wesley College photo)
October 2, 2012, 8:31 am
The U. of Houston has opened the 2,300-space Stadium Parking Garage to serve faculty members, students, and fans attending events at Robertson Stadium and Hofheinz Pavilion. The new facility, designed by WHR Architects, also houses a store for fans, a mini market, and the university’s parking office. (WHR Architects photo)
October 1, 2012, 2:53 pm
Cal Poly Pomona has opened a three-building, $38.4-million complex for its College of Business Administration. The complex, located just north of the university’s landmark administration building, was designed by AC Martin Partners. (Cal Poly Pomona photo)
September 28, 2012, 11:17 am
In retrospect, it was inevitable: In an era when hardly anyone sends letters on paper and many students can barely even be bothered to check their e-mail, Lehigh University has put its 5,000 campus mailboxes up for sale and switched to a high-tech mail-storage system that is the postal equivalent of compact shelving for libraries.
The system was adopted as the campus post office moved to a new location in a residential and retail complex called Campus Square, which is home to the university bookstore and a fast-food outlet as well as to about 250 students. Instead of holding mail in boxes that—with their corridors—took up about 6,000 square feet, the post office has switched to a rolling-shelving system that fits in a 10-by-14-foot space and houses 5,500 expandable file folders.
As a student’s letter mail is deposited in the appropriate folder, a bar-code reader sends the…
September 27, 2012, 1:13 pm
Vassar College plans to start construction of an 80,000-square-foot science building next summer. The $125-million facility, designed by Ennead Architects, will take the form of a curving bridge over a campus ravine and a brook called the Fonteyn Kill. (Vassar College image)