Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Bryn Mawr

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
five roses
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 nickel
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.

2 comments:

NotanEster said...

nice list!

psst.... no such thing as Czechoslovakia now. So was it Czech or Slovakian? :p

Alleged Wisdom said...

It was Czech. I only knew this because it had the newspaper's web address, which ended in .cz

I don't know what I was thinking with the 'Czechoslovakia'.