Editor’s note: This is a series of columns by John Malcolm on his “50 years at Fredonia.” Retired, he is a professor emeritus at Fredonia State....
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kcwoo7: Never heard that one, and I was there, as a faculty member in the middle of that moment, which was not as dramatic as the story seems to make it and, given its timing, it is truly doubtful that any architectural plans were made or altered on the basis of that short-lived moment. In any event, the president's office in Fenton was no less susceptible to such action, should anyone have tried. Except, the president could always bail out the window.
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Is there any truth to the popular campus story that the president's office was never moved into Maytum, the original plan as the story goes, because of the student unrest issue of the mid-late 60's? That there was a fear that anyone in the tower could be held hostage should the several entrances be occupied/held by protestors. Truth or "urban legend"?
John has a good memory (e.g., the raccoon footprints, still there). My memory is a graffito in the elevator: "If it wasn't for this elevator, this would be a 2 year college." Maytum was, I think, rarely functional for those who worked in it, just like the library which was designed for many more exits than could be monitored against theft. You still see, however, pictures of the library in some publications extolling the work of I.M.Pei--an architectural notable but in many regards, he or his firm fell asleep at the wheel.
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