I don’t think its any secret the affection I have for my University. When I was back in California over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, I found time to head by a couple of times to see friends, watch a basketball game, and walk around campus.
Though rainy, its still one of my favorite places to walk around in the world.
This is Sather Tower, or the Campanile, as most students call it. Modeled after the St. Mark’s clock tower in Venice, it’s a landmark of the East Bay.
Here’s the view from the Campanile down to San Francisco Bay. On a clear sunny day, you can see across Alcatraz Island to the Golden Gate Bridge. A better view from a university campus, I don’t think can be found.
One of my favorite buildings on campus (and the oldest), South Hall houses the school of information sciences. Campus tour guides sometimes call it the Mary Poppins building, since the roof resembles the buildings used in the film.
Wheeler Hall, one of the main classroom buildings – it has the largest classroom on campus (also handy for film screenings) and all of my English classes were in this building. Unless they were in Dwinelle. Now I’m not so sure.
Sather Gate, Sproul Plaza and the ASUC
This is where the Free Speech Movement . . . and every other campus protests were initiated. Sproul Plaza, in front of campus administration. The traditional main entrance of the campus, onto Southside and Telegraph Avenue. On a quiet rainy day during Winter Break it was empty except for some fans heading to the Cal basketball game and a couple of fixie riders practicing trackstands and bicycle polo maneuvers.