“Dedicated to the Engineers of Tomorrow,” 2023

When I was poking around the new O’Connor Building, much to my happiness I discovered the benches I’d been worried about, one in memory of James Waters ’17 and the other dedicated to James Boyvey, placed back in their shady corner:

The friend who got me up to the roof of O’Connor (more on this later) asked me to take a look at something interesting that was sitting between FE&P and the north side of the building. It turned out to be the Tau Beta Pi bent, apparently ready to be returned to the engineering quad:

I believe it’s going to be placed right back where we last saw it:

Bonus: It’s a little surprising to me but I’ve gotten a significant number of new subscribers in the last year. For their sake I will present again the saga of this corner and the bent’s arrival in it: here, here, and here. I still smile when I think about how much time I wasted trying to figure this out.

Extra Bonus: Carnage as preparations for the demolition of Sid are underway. You can’t win them all.

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6 Responses to “Dedicated to the Engineers of Tomorrow,” 2023

  1. williamjwatson says:

    Your presentation of the saga fits with my memories, with the bent standing near the door of Abercrombie and the Sigma Tau pyramid in its pond, through my graduation in ’83. I’ve been on campus since, but didn’t think to check the corner, even when I happened by 45, 90, 180.
    Pity about losing the trees by Old Sid. Such is the price of progress, I guess.

  2. kctipton says:

    Seriously, big trees? Is this where the new Sid will go? I don’t see a teardown as requiring trees to be vanquished. I don’t understand.

  3. e55 says:

    I thought that the new building adjacent to Lovett and Will Rice was the “new Sid” and that “old Sid” was to remain as-is for graduate student housing. Was that incorrect or have plans changed?

    • Melissa Kean says:

      Yes, I think that was the original plan. The “old Sid” was supposed to be renovated. I’m not sure why it changed.

      • Richard Miller, Hanszen 1975 & 76 says:

        no real idea either other than it was built in the early 70’s and was cast concrete as I recall. Many of these buildings from this era cannot really be renovated because it would be too hard/costly to install the modern cable/fiber now used for buildings. This is why UTHSC actually took the old Prudential building down. The cost of wiring it even 10 years ago was prohibitive

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