I spent a lot of time at my undergrad alma mater, Winona State University, wandering around with my friend Adam and yapping. Some aspects of campus are quite different from the way they were when I was there. For instance, almost all throughways and parking has been replaced by "green space." A nifty idea, if one isn't nearly late for class. And campus is plunked in the middle of a residential area, so the locals aren't too hip with the parking styles of the students. But hey, if it looks good on promotional materials for the university, who cares about the students?! Tee hee.
Among the more interesting buildings on campus is Stark Hall. It is a science building, named for the late president of the university. Unlike most of the squared-off architecture on campus, Stark is somewhat innovative. To wit:
The floor in Stark has an inlay of the solar system and some other "scientific stuff":
The curved wall in Stark from the alternate angle, which also shows the skylights:
One of the nicer features of Stark Hall is its balcony. Unfortunately, the attached building (Pasteur Hall) is currently under renovation, and some faculty and staff members needed temporary office space. The balcony was absconded for that purpose:
What was once a nice balcony is now (and, in my opinion, will always be) cube hell:
There are emergency showers located outside of all the labs:
Alas, there are no drains in the floor beneath them:
The Biology department has a fascinating and informative bulletin board:
The Bio board, if you look closely, has this photo posted:
I spent a decent chunk of time down at the lake:
What is that green thing?:
Why, it's a lake mower, of course. Some city employee is paid a zillion dollars a year to mow the algae (and other assorted flora) off the lake. The gunk is then collected and taken to a storage place to be sold as fertilizer. Mowed lake:
Closeup of the lake mower. Doesn't it look a bit like a Zamboni?
For Johnnie Walker:
In case you were wondering, my old friend is in the same place as it was on my last trip:
The sign near the building across the tracks--"NOPE"?:
Best goddamned doughnuts in the world:
And they were cheap!:
At the best store in my world:
So ends this photographic journey through Winona, Minnesota.