|The walk from the bus stop. Very inviting. It wasn't actually cloudy that day; a perpetual fog hangs over the institution. (Just kidding!) (Kinda)|
|Entering SUNY. A grandiose mixture of concrete and intimidation built for a warm climate. However, this isn't one. It's New York. Enter wind.|
|Someone was compensating...|
|This is the plaza where people hang out. At least, people were probably present here in the renderings in 1956. In reality, it repels all but the squirrels, who have the generosity of heart to make any place their home.|
After the riots, UAlbany canceled Fountain Day, sparking further protests and property damage on the uptown campus itself. Some students spray painted some columns, while a non-traditional (meaning older) student got stoned and chained himself to the fountain for a couple of days.
No word yet on how much our degrees will be worth after all this ridiculousness.
|In this shot, you can see the sheer size of the |
|This landscaping isn't really helping.|
|Students!! OMG!!! Of course, they are avoiding their designated hang out area.|
|This trash can looks like it just wants to swallow the campus whole.|
|Every disgusting and demeaning suburban campus must have oceans of parking. Even urban campuses have too much, but you could fit the entire Saint Rose campus into one of UAlbany's parking lots.|
|You can see one of the residential towers in the background.|
|Who doesn't want to cross a hamster-cage-bedding moat to get to the sitting area? Sign me up!|
|Turns out that chain they put up to keep people out of here is super easy to step over.|
|The stairs to underneath the podium.|
|Another view of the stairs.|
|This is...interesting. Clearly they didn't want this art project to be seen by anyone, so they hid it under a stairway.|
|Okay, listen. This isn't a pedestrian perspective complaint. But if a door needs to be pulled, give it a damn handle, not a push bar. These deceptive doors just piss me off.|
At this point in my travels through the campus, I decided to go inside the Lecture Center, underneath the podium.
I've been visiting this campus since before I moved to Albany three years ago, I performed and rehearsed here after moving and this is my second semester as a student at this college. Last semester I even took a transportation planning class on the uptown campus (the classes for my major are downtown), as well as doing almost all of my essay writing here. It can be objectively stated that I've spent quite a bit of time on this campus.
And yet, I got lost trying to find the main hallway. Horribly, horribly lost. There are no pictures of that part, because I was concentrating on finding where I was going.
I was looking for the way into the tunnel. Finally, I found it:
|I barely even found it in the end. This tiny little sign is the only direction I found, after going through a maze of hallways.|
Let's go take a look a this route, and the charm it exudes. Remember, while we are here, the impressionable and still maturing minds of the young people that this campus is intended to shape.
|.....are you serious?|
|Yes, serious as can be...|