Saturday, March 24, 2007

Signifying nothing?

Just about every time I walk past the University of Wyoming's residence halls, I can't help but smirk at one. Take a look for yourself:Sadly, given the racial makeup of Wyoming and the University of, the dorm's titling is almost too fitting. Despite having a little more diversity than Wyoming as a whole, the university has an overwhelmingly white student body, with over 80% of students of Caucasian descent.

Of course, before anybody takes this image and runs with it,* it's important to note this isn't actually the full name of the hall. As shown here, the building is actually Laura A. White Hall, named after an early U.W. professor.

But still...

UPDATE: Speaking of "white" Wyoming, the cold wet stuff is coming down pretty good here today (24th). And to think that yesterday I was feeling downright toasty in my t-shirt and jeans. Just like that, it's out with the shorts, and right back in with the winter boots. Looks like March is going to make a run at going in and out like lion.

*If you want to read about Wyoming images being taken out of context and run with, look no further than the images of the fence Matthew Shepard was left to die on. I don't want to ramble on forever about the subject (and believe me, I probably could), but look at this picture and draw yourself a mental image of what the surrounding area must look like. Believe it or not, despite appearances to the contrary, the fence isn't/wasn't "in the wilderness" (described as such on the top of page 6) but rather "in a newly developed subdivision" (stated in the paragraph that begins with the highlighted section). Never underestimate the power of perspective.

6 comments:

Carol said...

Nice post CJ, very interesting footnote.
We don't have the snow...yet

CJ said...

I heard you guys got to keep your shorts weather up there. I'll pretend I'm not jealous.

Then again, believe it or not, it all melted away today anyway.

Johnny said...

What CJ a rebel-rouser? You just have to watchout for people with beards.

Tim Nance said...

1. I like the Shakespeare allusion here--it's very subtle. So subtle in fact that I wasn't sure if it were intentional at first.

2. I see what you mean about the "movie first" concept, but I presume I'm going to enjoy the book more, so I don't want to spoil the ending on the lesser pleasure.

The OE said...

Please box up some snow ( a big box) and send it to my people who will forward it to me in Atlanta. I'll make good use of throwing snowballs at people who have never seen one.

CJ said...

Johnny: Us bearded folk be dangerous.

Tim: "I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself, and falls on the other." And no I have no idea what that means. But it has the word intent in it, erego, it twast Googleable.

The OE: Glad you asked. We had enough that it closed the University this afternoon. I'll have it in the mail tomorrow.