I have been exploring the campus during my rare periods of free time. It is a nice place to relax and wander around. The architects did a good job; it really does remind me of the castles and monasteries in Europe. The 'cloisters' area behind the great hall is almost an exact replica of a monastic courtyard. The Great Hall itself is especially nice, and it is almost always empty, so it is very calm and stately.
I am pleased to report that there are more benches and water fountains than I saw at first; you just have to know where they are. But even though it is a nice place to visit, I would not want to live here. The dorms are strange and not that comfortable, and I have seen better bathroom facilities at campgrounds.
In the great hall there is a large statue of Athena. The students here have a tradition of leaving 'offerings' at this statue for good luck on exams or to 'atone' for breaking a campus tradition. I recorded the following offerings:
a very nicely constructed mobile, hanging from the statue's outstretched hand
a 7-11 lighter
two pennies, one placed in a fold in the statue's clothing
a tube of lipstick
a wine glass
a pack of twizzlers
a white and pink bra
four cans of food: corn, peas, beans, and tomatoes
a purple foam sun visor
a single-use pack of eye drops
a bus schedule
a ceramic statue of pooh and piglet
2 candy bars
a deck of 'karma cards'
a Czechoslovakian newspaper
a metal candle holder, shaped like a lamp, with stars cut out of the lampshade part
a glow stick
a 'think' bookmark from banned book week
a piece of gum
a pair or earrings
Also, someone had added a layer of lipstick to the statue's lips.
This led me to wonder, if I were Pallas Athena, goddess of wisdom, which offering would I have been most happy with? Probably the Czechoslovakian newspaper.