Today me and Hannah got to go downtown and go shopping. We covered most of the mall and got some Christmas shopping done. We had a good time down there and got some dinner. We ended up back at Marian and went to the coffee house they were having. It was a good night and I had a lot of fun with her.
This is where the majority of my classes are this semester. It’s called the Evan Center and is home to the College of Osteopathic Medicine and the School of Nursing. It’s clean and new and very nice. But it’s a medical building and it now houses the art department. Our hall caught on fire and was demolished and will now be turned into a parking lot which is sad and angering but what am I going to do. Instead of building us a new building we were stuck in the unfinished section of this building and we have class as they paint the walls and wires dangle from the ceiling and what is left of Fisher is packed in scattered boxes. I like Marian and I love my professors (they are why I am here and not somewhere else), but it’s annoying to be on the bottom of the list. These amazing professors are stuck in a cramped, old building and our classrooms are unfinished. We are an after thought and it seems slightly wrong that the arts are on the bottom at what is supposed to be a liberal arts university. But it’s not anything new, having art at the bottom. Why should they support art? It doesn’t draw in lots of students and lots of money like a college of medicine does. Why in the world would they want to support art, the most primal and integral form of communication that humanity has and that allows us humans to express our humanity in profound and diverse ways. Maybe I’m just overreacting, but it’s frustrating. It’s frustrating to see a college spend millions on medicine and nothing on art, art history, photography, graphic design and art therapy. But oh well. My rant is over.
I wasn’t particularly excited to go see the new Orangutan Center at the Zoo. But we went and it is a very impressive building. But what actually took my breath away were the Orangutans. I watched this one climb up the ladder he walked right up to the glass sat down and watched the people. He was as interested in us as we were in him. When I saw his eyes and the way he looked at people it was incredible. He was so intelligent. You could see it in his eyes. And I stood there and watched a little girl stare at him and he stared right back and then they mimicked each others hands. I don’t know why this struck me but it did. There was just something about these creatures that was incredibly impressive.