Hello? I’d Like to Order a Gazebo?
Monday morning started off a little bumpy around here.
First something went wrong with the fancy computerized locks on the alumni center doors, and we were momentarily locked out of the building. Then, once we got inside, we discovered that the air conditioning had stopped working over the weekend.
But the pièce de résistance was when we realized that the pounding sound out in the alumni gardens was coming from some Physical Plant guys who were taking sledgehammers to our beloved gazebo.
You can see the gazebo in the photo above, which was taken a few years back. You probably hung out there as a student. I can’t remember a time when there wasn’t a gazebo in that spot. But by noon today, all that was left was a pile of wooden rubble:
It turns out, though, that there’s no cause for worry: I’ve since learned that the gazebo has been on the schedule for replacement for a while. Its wood had been deteriorating and was becoming a safety concern. A brand-new gazebo has already been constructed and will be moved into place soon—possibly as soon as this week, but failing that, by mid-July.
Meanwhile, the alumni gardens right outside our building remain one of the prettiest spots on campus, our duck population is thriving, and we still have Joepa Turtle and Suepa Turtle in the pond. Come see us.
Tina Hay, editor