Almost Arizona

The runner-up had both aesthetic and academic appeal.  Arizona State University’s buildings include architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s last major work of design, Gammage Hall.  Its Flexible Design Center, best known recently for its collaboration with Hewlett Packard on roll up computer technology, and the University Bridge -an innovative street crossing with steps designed by a chiropractor to realign one’s spine with continued use, speak to the school’s innovative edge.  The School of Sustainability offers the first interdisciplinary degree program of its kind aimed at tackling ecological, economic and social issues in the 21st century and beyond.

And then there are the palm trees.  Over 100 trees form Palm Walk, stretching from the University Bridge to the Student Rec Complex.  And, at the Rec Complex you will find an oversize outdoor pool that is heated in the winter and cooled in the summer for optimal year-round swimming.  Yes, Tempe definitely lacks winter weather, but it doesn’t always lack for snow.  The Sun Devils’ student government sponsored a second annual “Devilpalooza” in February that featured live music and BMX/FMX ramps and twenty tons of snow (!) with yet another ramp to keep all the snowboarders and skiers in the desert happy.

As I related in an earlier post, my son will be attending the University of Cincinnati this fall, but we had a great time checking out ASU.  And, we had a phenomenal time hiking northern and central Arizona!

Stories and hiking adventures to come…

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7 Comments to Almost Arizona

  1. I’ve visited the ASU campus several times, and it’s truly beautiful. As I mentioned before, my daughter got accepted there, but decided not to go. She told me ASU is the Number One party school in the nation, but I’m sure that’s NOT why she turned it down.

  2. A buddy of mine went there on a Golf scholarship… years and years ago. Jeez — 30 years ago?!

    Man, I had something incredibly clever to say but the realization that I’ve been out of college for almost 30 years has sort of taken the wind out of my sails.

  3. This reminds me of Florida with all those Palms and blue skies, not bad for a university!

  4. What, he chose Cincinati over the sun of Arizona? Was he actually thinking about the educational aspect? This pretty campus looks like it would be a hard choice between the two.

  5. I’ve never been to Tempe, but Summit Records, my music label is located there and I always wanted to visit. It just seems like the perfect climate, but I know little about it.

  6. Pick me up off the floor!

    A pool that is cooled in the summer?! What a life! Even in summer our pools in the UK are freezing and let’s not even mention the sea…..

  7. NothingProfound: My son had some legitimate reasons for ASU interest, but I confess that I’m pleased with his closer-to-home choice. Ohio is probably not his destination for the long term, but he has selected an excellent school for what he needs. I’m trying to remember where your daughter ultimately landed…
    Delmer: Sorry to so abruptly confront you with Reality. But, it does seem as if the thirty post-college years have at least been very very good to you!
    I have a high school reunion this summer. Haven’t been to any yet, so I’m looking forward to it!
    Cate: The palms do give it a Florida feel. Less humid, but sweltering hot at times. No one, but no one, wears jeans on campus. It’s a shorts/skirt sort of environment where your clothing needs to be self-air conditioning.
    One of the Guys: OK. You’ve got to send me a link now! I did look around on your site for musical traces and am intrigued to know more.
    Mrs T: I’m with you. Warm water in an outdoor pool is not an Ohio sort of hazard.

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