Back in 2011 when I was at the University of Missouri, the campus was hit by several profound snowstorms. These photos are from one of intermediate magnitude that still managed shut down the campus for about a week as best as I can recall. As I can recall is what we are left with because the professional and intentional student journalists of the era seem to have their accounts of the event lacked behind paywalls or buried in unstable online archives.
Near the center of campus.
The is building which was home to "College of Education" started life as an experimentak K-12 school per the testimony delivered by the labels chiseled into its exterior. Plenty of space for jokes to be made with 21 year olds failing to live up to earlier standards for 12 year olds or the dangers of chiseling in labels being live lines for laughercraft.
Jessie hall, the main administrative building. Not the only administrative building by any stretch of the imagination.
These are the remain of the original campus's main building. Destroyed by fire, this is now the center of the Francis Quadrangle in the northermost clustering on campus.
One of several very similar buildings along the Francis Quadrangle. Whatever's chiseled into the facade is unlikley to be entirely representative of its present use.
The older side of the main engineering building.
The newer side of the main engineering building. Yes, they don't just do it in software. No, if you ask someone who has an office in one part of the building they probably will not be able to give you directions to a location in another part of the building without leaving the building.1
Foreground, the original marker for Thomas Jefferson's grave. Background, a residential property maintained on campus for one or more administrators habitation needs.
The campus library built around an intended "If you want a book ask at the desk" model of use and entered into use in the common, "find the book yourself in the stacks" model. Rentable cages for doctoral students inside. Numerous, reliable private spaces. on floors 2-4 with privacy increasing in proportion to distance from the first floor and foyers. Holes in the fourth floor present a fall risk.
Memorial Union. Given the weighty name to memorialize the 1910's world war back when they didn't imagine there'd be another one. As with the Library is a part of the "White Campus" during the spending build things out of Limestone days. This is distinguished from the older "Red Campus" made from brick and the still newer "Carnahan Quadrangle" portion of campus to the south made out of bubble.
The Carnahan Quadrangle. Very new construction academic, administration, and dorm buildings along the sides with an unobstructed view to Jessie Hall kept open on the north side. Welcome to 1990's North America where everything is cheap, but especially the land. During my time at US Universities the spendy 1990's normal was the normal everyone in Administration and Teaching wanted to become normal again.
Cranes building the next, healthcare bubble. The Southern extremes of campus were filling up with all sorts of specialty orthopedic, ophthalmologic, veteran's, and children's hospitals in addition to the university hospital and still more hospitals. This was Obama time, who could have predicted...
- As a teaching assistant for the Pharmacy School babysitting local lecture sections receiving broadcasts from Kansas City, I ran into this issue on occasion. The classrooms equipped for receiving broadcast lectures were scattered around the engineering building, probably because Engineering and Tech shared an overlap. Because classrooms equipped in the right way were and maybe still are a scarce commodity on campus, it wasn't uncommon for regularly scheduled classes to be moved.
Locating unfamilar rooms in such a creature of accretion means that if the necessary classroom was outside the regular rotation, such a move was akin to cancelling the class. Out of 20 or so dilligently attendant pharmacy students that actually showed up to class, two or three might find their way to class if it was a one-off move. And it usually was, because the USian University is nothing if not intransigent bureaucrats colliding with other intransigent bureaucrats to create a homeostatis punctuated by bursts of mutual inconvenience over incompatible sets of promises frequently made decades in the past. [↩]