COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS — Results of a recent study by the College of Architecture regarding campus design yielded an interesting and surprising result: The Quad, home to all twelve Corps of Cadets dorms and Duncan Dining Center, can only be seen and accessed by students who already know of its existence.
“When we reviewed the results from South Campus, we were shocked to find many students had no idea where our 2,500 cadets are housed and trained,” said Dr. Shannon Van Zandt, coordinator of the Masters of Urban Planning program.
Intrigued by this finding, we asked several students in the MSC if they knew about the Quad.
“I’m not sure what you’re talking about,” Katy Darlett, a freshmen living in Aston said. “I look out of my dorm room window and see Throckmorton and the roof of Koldus.”
“The Quad?” asked Mark Billings, a senior history major, “Is that what they renamed that bar on Northgate?”
We asked David Johnson, a sophomore cadet in Company B1, about his reaction to the study’s results. “I think it’s just totally crazy that people just can’t even see it. I guess that explains why so many people ask if I live on or off-campus despite the fact that I’m wearing my uniform.”
Dr. Zandt is unsure of the cause of this bizarre occurrence, but she has come to call it the “Room of Requirement Effect.”
“I think it’s an especially fitting title,” she adds, “You’ve got to ask them for exactly what you need — like, ‘We need a place to house thousands of kids who only wear camouflage and khaki’. Sometimes it is there, and sometimes it is not, but when it appears, it is always equipped for our Aggies’ needs.”
-North by Northgate