Yesterday I attended an excellent “On The Road” presentation by the Ohioana Library Association. It focused on the history of the Ohio State University and included a trip to the recently renovated William Oxley Thompson Library at the apex of the Oval in the heart of the OSU campus.
Our visit coincided with move-in day for students. When I looked into the beautiful reading room at the library, pictured above, I was surprised to see a number of students reading and working, even though classes have not begun. Wow, I thought — college really has changed a lot since I got my degree so long ago.
Then we got back onto our bus and drove back to Ohioana, and on the way we passed some off-campus housing where three shirtless guys — one of whom nevertheless wore a tie — were drinking beer in front of a hand-painted bedsheet sign that read “Daughter Drop-Off.” A block or so later we passed a big keg party featured people dancing on the roof of a porch. So . . . maybe college hasn’t changed that much after all.
A plug for the Ohioana On The Road programs: they’re great. You can get more information about them here.