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May 20, 1978 - Image 9

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architecture from
nces to new designs

Reprinted with permission from: The University of Michigan: A Pictorial History by Ruth Bordin
CopyrightO by The University of Michigan Press 1967

i "Unless you honor that (in building paths), people are FOR INSTANCEmost people don't call the
ig to take it anyway." dergraduate Library the UGLI merely becausec
you decided to trace these paths one day when you had initials. "People don't find the UGLI very attractive,'
lasses to hurry to, no people to meet, nothing to do but Korman. "But in the 50s that was the look of the day.7
x and observe the design of the campus, you would find we would never build these buildings-that's just th
self amidst an eclectic conglomeration of architectural things change."
es, spanning the life of the University 150 years old. The idea for North Campus was born in the 1950s,
he University's buildings always seem to mirror the time of the "suburban boom." "North Campus is
es in which they are constructed, so the campus' collec- suburban in style," says Korman. "People say 'whyI
architecture is in a way a grand collection of eras. This Campus? People have to walk all the way out there
ounts for the many designs whose genesis people today who thought about a pedestrian environment in 1955?
't comprehend. North Campus involves more of what Korman c
"common aesthetic" than does central Campus.'
ticularly on the Diag where there is such-a hodge-p
people are looking for some kind of continuity," say:
BC iure"man.
explains that many strangers to the structure have
le finding their way around. "Which is the quickest
ut of here?" is an often-asked question.
le courtyard in the center of the building has three
iple functions, according to Marzolf: it opens up the
of the building, it provides natural lighting, and it9'
s those inside to take a leisurely few minutes viewingC
e. It also employs the quadrangle that is a theme ofCg
impus' design.
ts both functional and aesthetic," declares Marzolf.
Economics (OldChemistry)

of its
" says
e way
at the
.' But
alls a
s Kor-

The Michigan Daily-Saturday, May 20, 1978-Page 9
vision of
Kalki, by Gore Vidal. Random House. 254 pp., $10.
By Brian Blanchard
ATEVER ELSE he had in mind, Gore Vidal
cannot have offered this cynical book to
readers with an expectation that he would be
greatly admired for his effort. It is apparently
popular and by turns smart. But though we are
reminded at the top of every other page that we hold
"Kalki A Novel," we become more firmly convin-
ced with every chapter it is only "Kalki 273
Epigrams of Liberal Disenchantment."
Theodora Hecht Ottinger, called Teddy, an
unemployed test pilot, lesbian, author, and
celebrity, writes the story in the Cabinet Room of
the White House after an apocalypse. I takes the
bulk of the book and a tiring pilot to get to the
pivotal global poisoning which only Teddy and four
others survive.
That plot goes something like this: Behind on her
alimony payments, Teddy accepts an assignment
from a magazine to find out what she can about an
ex-GI. named James Kelly. Kelly is in Nepal letting
people know that he is the reincarnation of the Hin-
du's Vishnu God Kalki and has arrived to usher in
- the Golden Age (ending the Iron one) for the benefit
of the chosen few who deserve to live after The End.
Teddy must fly to Katmandu before Mike Wallace
gets his 60 Minutes crew there; all the while having
to deal with the U.S. NARC's who smell dope in the
Kalki operation.
TEDDY OBSERVES around her plenty of eviden-
ce to justify the demise of our filthy, hypocritical
world. Her story is essentially a list of reasons that
make the prediction appealing.
But as the plot coagulates; Kelly-Kalki has asked
the magazine to send Teddy specifically, a fact
which is for the moment irrelevant. Teddy also
discovers that Kelly has devotees; that he does in-
deed believe himself to be Kalki, and that he is
"simple, direct, charming. God?" We discover
shortly that Teddy is not a strict lesbian. She
becomes his private pilot and divided her time bet-
ween communication with the outside world -
which wants to know if it is really slated for
See 'LIBERAL'S', Page 11

Adorned with the distinction of being the oldest class-
m structure on campus and one of the first buildings in
world entirely devoted to chemistry instruction, the
nomics Building sits peacefully and inconspicuously in
middle of the Diag.
[he building, designed by A. J. Johnson; was construc-
as a chemical laboratory in 1956. Built for $6000, the
mistry lab was a simple, one-story structure, consisting
bree rooms and 26 working tables. Soon discovering that
laboratory was not large enough to suit its needs, the
versity commissioned an addition for the building 'in
University President James Angell complained that
students still had to wait in line to use the laboratory
es during class time, and another wing was added. Then
ther and another-seven additions in all. In 1909, the
mistry department vacated the building and- the.

The structure, in spite of its added appendages, remains
charming and unpretentious; it has a comforting quality
about it, rather like a large house.
According to Architecture Professor Kingsbury Mar-
zolf, the Economics Bulding is a "classical revival building
which reflects the stylish concerns of the time in which it
was built." Marzolf says the building's pilasters-slightly
protruding columns that ornament or support the
walls-and basic form, which has evenly spaced windows
on both its stories and a symmetrical front porch, are what
categorize it as classical revival, a style that swept from
the east coast westward during the 1820s-50s period.
The Economics Building, now painted a sort of creamed

corn color, wears its years well, blending wittcetury
nomics department planted its,flag on the doorstep.,, , ,,Wide array.of architetural Styles that suround it

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