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The three of us hadn't been back to the University of York in five or six years, and a great deal had changed. Oh, the heart of the campus is still the same: drab, aging '60s concrete, long walkways, endless bridges dancing back and forth over the manmade lake which is the heart of campus. But new buildings, all brick, glass, and sloping roofs, have sprouted up and replaced the worst of the aging. Wentworth residential blocks are bracket the far end of the lake in shiny new elegance. The Chemistry mushroom tower is gone, the green courtyard it once occupied showing no trace it was once there. The Borthwick now occupies a new library building next to the old, and where several of the Vanbrugh residences were is now "Market Square", a selection of shops, supermarkets both regular and Oriental, insurance, STA travel, and the like. Colin's old, aging building looks largely the same, but has been refronted with balconies, and renamed Grimston House. I just hope for the sake of the current occupants that the building has been equally refurbished inside!

Meanwhile, it was wonderful to catch up with old friends we'd not seen in entirely too long. lazyknight drove us up to T&C's house, where we met up with both halves of stonecircle, both halves of nuthouse, W&H, and our hosts for the night, evieb and S. The biggest change was the toddlers, three of them, two of them inarticulate and clumsy, one of them just beginning to babble and claim possession of her belongings. We talked, we ate, we played Cranium, a rather difficult and poorly defined board game, which nevertheless featured any number of extremely diverting moments with charades and drawings. Hopefully we'll be seeing much more of everyone very soon.


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Dec. 30th, 2004 10:07 pm (UTC)
!!! I was at York - didn't realise that you were there. As an exchange student, or for your whole degree?

I wish I could tell you that Grimston House is refurbished on the inside, but I'm afraid that it isn't. I think that they just wanted to smarten it up so that it didn't overwhelm the new conference offices beside it. Bah.

I was at James (relatively shiny and new) and watched the Wentworth half oval go up. It's quite nice, actually, though entirely post-grad.
Dec. 30th, 2004 10:47 pm (UTC)
I knew from your posts that you had been at York, but wasn't sure if you already knew I'd been there too so hadn't mentioned it. But I too lived in James! I did my MA in Medieval Studies at King's Manor in '97-'98, which is where I met my boyfriend, among lots of other people. Most of my on campus friends were involved in the SF society.

I'm sorry to hear Grimston House isn't refurbished because it was pretty dire on the inside back then and it can't have improved on its own. I was really glad to see the Market Square area thought. It's about time there was a decent collection of shops on campus. Wentworth being post-grad explains why the current MA I know in my program had friends living there, since she'd mostly only know post-grads.

More and more buildings have been named after major endowments but with absolutely no indication on the outside what their function is, especially with most of the buildings closed for break while we were there. Do you know what the Seebohm-Rowntree or the Roger Kirk Centre are for? We wondered.

I was particularly excited to see the Borthwick is now on campus, since it seemed meandering, drab, and neglected in its Guildhall headquarters before.
Dec. 30th, 2004 11:02 pm (UTC)
Ee! My supervisor was at King's Manor, so I know it quite well, and the medievalists were always the friendliest postgrads.

The Seebohm-Rowntree is used for a variety of lectures and seminars; I had several timetabled in there after it was opened. But it's mostly for Health Sciences and Social Work & Policy, apparently. The Roger Kirk Centre is basically a facility for conferences and catering - the graduation lunches were held there as well as in other places. I think that it is named after a member of the catering staff who died unexpectedly. :) So there's my store of York-specific knowledge... serve me right for working in the press office...
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