Campus Looking Great to Start School Year

The “before” photos was two years ago, the branches had covered even more of the Chapel recently.

Howard W. Hewitt – We occasionally laud campus services for the job they do in making campus l0ok its very best at key times of the year.

They’ve done it again as we approach the start of the 2013-2014 school year. David Morgan’s crew has trimmed, mowed, and planted all over campus. Regulars will notice one of the large trees in front of Kane House, damaged in a storm last year, has been removed, stump ground away, and a new patch of grass in its place.

All of the landscaping around Kane House has been changed to a fresh look as well.

But that’s just one example and there are others. This post is to highlight one that might go unnoticed unless pointed out.

The large, over grown, shrubs have been removed from Kane House.

I’m one of (certainly not only) campus curmudgeons. I’ve taken a little good-natured joy from nagging David about the Chapel’s appearance the past few years. The two large trees on each side of the Chapel have blocked the view of our most iconic building.

Earlier this summer tree trimmers worked over a number of trees on the mall, and removed a few. They trimmed one of the trees covering up the Chapel, but not the other. So, I went back to full nag mode. David has always taken it in good spirits. I always used the “pretty picture” argument that the Chapel is our most photographed building and should look its best.

Well, this morning the tree trimmers were back and trimmed the branches on the remaining tree and the Chapel has a fresh look. Thanks Dave! All our campus photographers thank you too!

Morgan has always deferred to the tree experts. They don’t like removing any limbs unless they are an obstruction or diseased – who can argue with that? But just maybe cutting back on two trees to keep our signature building clear isn’t a bad thing after all.

The photo at top shows the difference.