Library was actually a mistake

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Architect admits the library was a mistake

Architect admits the library was a mistake

While doing research for an unrelated article, The Scarlet discovered a letter of apology sent by architect John M. Johansen to then-President Frederick H. Jackson.
The letter calls the design for the library “all a big joke” and “completely silly,” and that he had designs for a “more utilitarian and not butt-ugly” building in the works. This letter is dated March 1, 1968, a year before the construction began.

The reason has not yet been discovered for the joke design coming to fruition, but it is suspected that it has to do with President Jackson’s desire to complete the project before unveiling the new LEEP program.
Susie Jordan, a sophomore who spent 17 days lost in the library without food or water last year while searching for a Cantonese edition of Moby Dick, finds the situation far from funny.
“17 days,” Susie recalled, shuddering. “I cut my arm off, like James Franco in 127 Hours. This isn’t my idea of a joke.”
For her ordeal, Susie was compensated with a coupon for a large one-topping pizza from Uncle Sam’s. Susie told The Scarlet that she prefers Brick Oven.
Professor R.J. Bennington of the Neuroscience department called the incident a “happy accident.” He reported that his department “[does] experiments on mice in the library after hours. We hide cheese in the Art History books and set the mice loose. The building’s maze-like structure makes an optimal challenge for the rodents.” When pressed about Susie’s misfortune, he merely responded, “Sometimes, sacrifices need to be made in the name of science.”
Administration declined comment, but have begun advertising a “Library Architecture Colloquium,” scheduled for 2:30 a.m. in Grace Conference Room.