Monday, March 31, 2008
'It's the right place'
Andrew, Kissy Missy and I ventured into the Great White North over the weekend, and Andrew confirmed for himself what he already thought he knew: He's committed to engineering at Michigan Tech.
Andrew fills out the inevitable paperwork as the day begins in the lobby of the Rozsa Center, Tech's fabulous performing-arts center. The Rozsa Center has the largest stage north of Midland. Engineers in costume, eh?
Andrew toured the buildings, met people and had a chance to explore the place. On the right is the R.L. Smith Mechanical Engineering building, the high-rise where Andrew is likely to spend an immense amount of time over the next few years. It houses Tech's world-class mechanical engineering program.
It's spring, so the cars frozen in over the winter are beginning their emergence. Actually, this is a piece of professional public art, created in conjunction with Tech's famous Winter Carnival. The whole story of the frozen car is here.
Now, Michigan Tech's student body is only 21.3 percent women, according to the university's public relations office. How does it happen that Andrew ends up having lunch with three women?
He's comfortable on the campus, even a campus where this is what "spring" looks like.
While Andrew was touring the campus, Kissy Missy and I took in some of the sites. We went to the Library. Capital L.
The Library began life as a student bar in the late 1960s. According to its menu, it was a beer and peanuts-on-the-floor
kind of place.
These days, it's a whole lot more upscale. It's a brew pub with a nice menu. It's a little pricey, and I don't think it's much of a
student hangout any more.
The professors and the parents, however, really, really like it.
Over on the other side of Portage Lake is Hancock. That's not a sidewalk; those are stairs leading down to the Lift Bridge.
I'm just glad the minivan had good brakes. Going up the hills was enough to make Kissy Missy scream a couple of times.
And the snow has melted back considerably, eh? Yes, this is "melted back."
Andrew had the chance to meet with a staff member at Mont Ripley, the ski hill owned by the university. He learned the facility hires committed, passionate, expert skiers as staff members - and they get season passes.
Andrew took a dozen runs down the hill and pronounced it "fantastic."
It was a 943.5-mile round trip, Friday through Sunday, but Andrew was in his element.
Posted by Mark at 10:48 AM