Friday, September 26, 2008

Don't Go There: The Bell Tower

This is the fifth part in the "Don't Go There" series. The series strives to unveil the most secret and secluded parts of campus to give ordinary students a glance at the unknown.

Every hour, on the hour, the bell tower at the Paul Conn Student Union rings across campus, telling time, waking up napping freshmen, and interrupting important conversations.

But how do you get to the iconic tower?

Well, it's accessible from the stairway at the student union. Taking a hike to the fourth floor will reveal a solitary locked door. Behind that door is the attic, and behind another locked door is a long hallway comprised of unfinished drywall.

Two rooms lie ahead.

One contains a ladder, extending into darkness above. That ladder leads to a raised platform and trap door underneath the bells.

The second room is bright, empty and just as tall. Ahead are the two tower windows.

If you can look past the fact that the windows had obviously not been washed for some time, take a look at the view of Alumni Park from the fourth floor of the bell tower, below:

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