A Mysterious Wall Goes Up


Two weeks ago, a mysterious wall appeared outside of McEwen Communications Building, just a few steps away from Snow Family Grand Atrium. It’s safe to say the single wall, with its tiny window and concrete foundation, puzzled the many former journalists who walked by it everyday. One group even hypothesized about its purpose while standing in their gowns following the university’s spring convocation. Associate Professor Rich Landesberg shared his guess on Twitter.

During the Department of Communications’ April 5 faculty and staff meeting, Communications Dean Paul Parsons shed some light on the wall and its purpose. The dean explained that he was informed during a meeting with the contractor that sample walls are a standard process for large scale projects. It’s an opportunity for bricklayers to “demonstrate their craftsmanship,” explained Dean Parsons.

Thanks to the dean’s explanation, the speculation and rumors about the wall will likely cease. Sorry to those hoping for a drive-thru Starbucks window!


An April 6 sunrise illuminates the mysterious wall outside of McEwen Communications Building.

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