Color coding would give campus unique look
The severe consequences of the impending end of Paul Gray's tenure as MIT president have clearly not yet been evaluated in full. The tradition of naming various buildings, halls, and courts after former leaders of this fine institution is on a collision course with disaster in the case of our current president.
Let us say that a group of Distinguished Visiting Scientists has arrived on campus for a colloquium at the recently-dedicated building.
"Where," they ask a random student, "might we find the Gray building?"
"Gray building?" the bewildered student replies. "Why, they're all grey!"
The Distinguished Visiting Scientists then arrive late to the colloquium, miss the free coffee and donuts, and become Famished Distinguished Visiting Scientists with no great love for undergraduates.
Rather then denying Our President his own building, we should face the problem head on and abandon the cold numerical nomenclature of the Institute, in favor of a kinder, gentler, and, shall we say, more "chic" way of identifying buildings. Well-endowed alumni with names like Brown, Gold, and Chartreuse could be convinced to donate money and have buildings named, and painted, in their honor. Class gifts could fill in the remaining colors, with the choice of color commensurate with the amount of money donated. True, recent classes would have to be satisfied with less popular shades such as puce and taupe, but this would be a small price to pay for the convenience of the new system.
Within a few years, building numbers could forever disappear and confusing maps could be replaced with aesthetically pleasing color combinations. This painting scheme would fit in naturally with that found at the new Student Center and would allow the ever more diverse and well-rounded students sought out by the Admissions Office to wander the halls of the Institute for years without having to memorize, or even encounter, any numbers during their stay as undergraduates.
I trust this proposal will be given the proper consideration it deserves.
Rob Calhoun '90->