Corey Goldstone September 2009 CAS101 Reflection on the Tour of Syracuse University A knowledge of the history of Syracuse University has made me feel more connected to the campus and other people who work, study, and live here. When my dad dropped me off at school a few weeks ago, we walked through the quad and he asked me questions about each building, as if I was the expert (I just got here.) Many questions I knew the answer to, many I did not. I found out many of these answers during Pat Druger?s tour. One of the things he asked me was the mural displayed on the East wall of HBC. Now that I know it, I cannot wait to tell my dad the grim tale of Sacco and Venzetti. Easily the most memorable part of the tour, the artwork is captivating and the story is interesting because it is so controversial. The tour helped me appreciate the architecture of the school more completely. Now, when I pass buildings such as the Tolley Humanities Building and the Hall of Languages, I think of things that I previously had no idea about. For example, the average college student probably does not know the difference between limestone and sandstone, but now I know. Additionally, knowing historical tidbits make me feel like Syracuse is more like home. For example, Newhouse I was dedicated by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964. This must have been quite a special event for the University. Having a sitting president dedicate a building is a pretty special occurrence. Events like this make me feel more attached to Syracuse. It makes me want to be able to tell stories 40 years from now about historic things that happened here in the 2000s. Hearing about LBJ?s dedication made me appreciate the fact that Joe Biden, the sitting vice-president paid a visit to Syracuse, and the fact that he is a graduate of the Syracuse Law program. History is a special thing, and it can connect people from different generations when they lived in the same place. Another discovery I made on the tour that changed my perception of Syracuse was Pat Druger?s description of old architecture compared to new architecture. Old architecture sometimes clashes with new architecture, and at many schools they do not look like they belong together. Some schools, like Princeton, have all old-style buildings. But, at Syracuse, we have a good mix of the old and the new. For instance, the Hall of Languages, made out of limestone, was constructed in 1873, making it the oldest building at Syracuse. In contrast, Eggers Hall is a new building, showing new architecture. The tour made me realize that I like newer looking buildings rather than castle-like buildings such as the Hall of Languages or Crouse Hall. On the tour I decided that architecturally, I think that Eggers is the nicest building at Syracuse. The entrance hall is sleek and it does not use unnecessary space. It is not intimidating. In contrast, Maxwell, as well as many other older buildings have grand and tall entrance halls. As I learned on the tour, these have faded out of style because entrance halls are expensive to heat and are unpractical because they take up lots of space and can?t be used for classrooms. Before the tour, I did not pay much attention to architecture. I spent most of my time thinking about what I was learning inside the buildings rather than the structure and appearance of the outsides of the buildings I was in. Now, I take notice of things that before would have seemed trivial. Also, I now look past just the buildings that I spend the most amount of time in such as Lawrinson Hall and the Carrier Dome. The tour has caused me to expand my view of Syracuse.
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