I am a rock

I’ve been feeling a bit misanthropic today, hence the lyric title, but it also fits this much more charming subject.

These rocks, on the shore of Lake Michigan, form the edge of Northwestern campus. They’re on the LakeFill land that Northwestern created in the 60s, when it decided to expand by building out onto the lake. As you can see, they’ve been painted by several years’ worth of graduating students, leaving their goodbyes in colour.

I only just put two and two together to realise that the rock I featured in an earlier post, about the Wildcat Welcome, is in fact The Rock.  It was a gift of the graduating class of 1902 (‘Er – thanks, class of 1902, a large rock is just the kind of thing I’d never treat myself to!’), and apparently it’s been regularly repainted to celebrate anything and everything since 1957. You can even monitor its latest incarnation by webcam.  So, as far as I can make out, the lakeshore rocks are a kind of extension of The Rock.

Not just graduation messages, but birthday greetings…

Love hearts…

And some exuberant self belief.


About scepticalexpat

British 30something wannabe academic, moving to Chicago for three years in August 2010.
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