Sunday, September 28, 2008

Don't Go There: Conn Center Roof

This is the sixth 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.
Perhaps some of the most beautiful views of Lee's campus come from the football-field sized roof of the Conn Center. Getting to the roof, however, is no easy task for those queasy when it comes to height.

The first step is to take a long hike up the stairs to the balcony of the Conn Center. Had the building been designed today, I'm sure the physical workout required to climb to the balcony would be much less strenuous.

On the left hand walkway of the balcony is a ladder that leads into a small square hole in the ceiling overlooking the massive auditorium.

The rungs eventually lead to the catwalk platform where lights are adjusted and rebulbed for the stage. It's also where six members of the Conn Crew assembled to drop the massive American flag in the pre-9/11 chapel service so recently.
A continued climb will reveal a locked watertight hatch that opens directly to the roof.
The whole roof is an empty field of darkness, save for a line of erie skylights dotting the back edge over the backstage.

Getting close enough to these skylights will reveal a long drop to the floor far below, covered only by a frail sheet of glass. It's danger like you've never seen before.
The roof can only be accessed with the guidance of Lee University's campus safety and should not be attempted otherwise.

Take a look at this video:

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