A Day at Purdue

Purdue is a University with character. It is by no means your average campus. I’ve seen most of the campuses in the big ten, all of the campuses seem to have an aesthetic harmony about them. Purdue is no exception, except it seems to fall short.

Most of my time is spent in the Armstrong hall of Engineering, named after our most popular and reclusive graduate, Neil Armstrong, the man who first stood on the moon, looked back to Earth and said “Fuck you, Commie Bastards, We Win”.

The building itself is built with the same red brick that every other building at Purdue has. But this building brings Purdue into the 21st Century. Not only does the interior have sparse to no furnishings or decorations, but the Spartan interior makes students feel like they are not going to school but going to the future. From the outside the Aerospace building itself looks like it could take off at any moment and belongs in orbit. The strange acute angles that plague the building make this new seat of the Engineering Department the most inefficient use of floor space on the University (besides the Football Stadium, thanks Joe Tiller).

The building lucky enough to be my 2nd most favorite place to spend my time is the Purdue Engineering Library. This is another great place to study. At UofM’s Engineering College there is the 3D sine-cosine field, which is really a grass field that attempts to fuse Engineering mathematics with grass, which results in a turf management nightmare. At Purdue’s Library we have our own sad excuse for Engineering Art: These are no simple neon tube lights, but neon test beakers. The point of this, I still don’t know even though I’ve spent many hours pondering its meaning. The study areas of the library itself is dank and depressing enough to make a Spanish Inquisitor feel right at home. This particular picture is taken on the Mezzanine (fancy, right?). To the left of the picture are the stacks, and on the right are the study areas, separated by thin metal walls that are warm and cozy. On this particular floor, the ceiling is roughly 8 feet tall and the floor is made of metal, which amplifies every step or chair movement . I’ve never been on a submarine but imagine this is as close as I will ever get.

Lastly, thanks to my 12th grade Art History Teacher, every monument, building, or structure in general that has a slender shape could be a phallic symbol . This thought struck me today while passing our schools bell tower. Purdue was founded as an Agricultural school and is now famous for it’s Engineering School (which is a sausage fest itself). This theory fits well, worshiping fertility (ag school) and…………Engineers (thanks Ms. Rohde).