Tuesday, November 2, 2010


At night, Old Main is significant in that its atmosphere is different than the rest of campus. It is not over crowded or filled with constant noises, it is secluded from the rest of U of A. As seen in the earlier photo, Old Main is surrounded by a road, and this road reflects Old Main’s island-like separation. The mood of Old Main is creepy and empty, however this does not stem out to the rest of campus; near by the centennial hall and the student union are lit up and filled with people. The road around Old Main purposefully alienates it because U of A promotes the fun activities of college life, but they also want to hint the consequences of it as well. Old Main is used as an icon to demonstrate the disciplinary aspect of U of A but the college does it below the radar.
Old Main is surrounded by a beautiful scenery of flowers, trees, grass, a water fall, and multiple benches which create a welcoming atmosphere. This distracts you from the fears of Old Main for the moment but it still lingers on, you are subconsciously aware that Old Main houses the Dean of students. This picture reflects the fearful aura that Old Main transmits. The dark picture portrays the creepy essence of Old Main and how it promotes discipline. During the night, Old Main takes the form of a haunted house with the dark trees, murky shadows, creaky wooden floors and loneliness. The majority of people do not know this side of Old Main but those that have been in trouble or know the haunted rumors, view Old Main as a space of fear and emptiness. The omniscient atmosphere creates a space of authority and obedience. At night, Old Main purposefully portrays negative affects and consequences of disobedience in college, in order to invoke fear into past and future offenders to stop the defiance. This image contradicts what Old Main was meant to stand for in 1891; it was intended to promote an area for education and social networking, however today that is not the case. Old Main at night, is now a space of negativity and emptiness with ghostly history.

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