It’s been ten years since I last took photos at the University of Toledo for my site. Since I needed photos for future episodes of the .musecast, and it was a good time to take photos since classes were out, I headed down there on a very sunny Monday with my camera. Lots have changed in the five and a half years since I last graduated there; two buildings I used to frequent had been torn down, and the English Department had moved to a newly-renovated building and swank new digs (the last three photos in this set). The supply closet I photographed used to be my office when I was a research assistant there. Pretty much all the flat-screen televisions in the photos (and the stock ticker for the business students) weren’t there when I was a student there, and I have to wonder just how many more of those will end up going up around campus in the coming years. Still, it was nice to visit my old haunt, and I hope I can run into some of my old professors the next time I’m there.
Some additional thoughts and observations:
- The summer is pretty much the only time the fountains on campus actually run. Even then, when class is in session they’re frequently down because some prankster squirts dish soap into them to make lots of bubbles.
- Those tables outside the Starbucks have chess/checkers squares painted on them. In the five and a half years I went there I never saw one game of chess or checkers played on them.
- There was only one TV in the lounge when I was going there, not seven. I’m guessing the others are for students to hook up their video game consoles.
- The one classroom I took photos of, University Hall 2210, is where I had my first class at UT, Japanese Culture and Commerce with Dr. Joseph Hara. He’s cool.
I haven’t edited these photos down any, except to reduce them in size, rotate them (when necessary), and sharpen them after reduction. As always, if you want the originals (taken at 2048 × 1536 resolution), e-mail me at (my first name)@(myfirstname)(mylastname).org.
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