R.I.P., Ol’ Blue

It happened suddenly, without much warning. A victim of progress and elevator-car update, the famous blue-shag carpeting on the walls of the Theatre Hall (née CC) elevator was ripped from the scene in 2013. In its heyday, students couldn’t resist the impulse to leave a handprint as the ride from floor 1 to floor 3 was normally so slow, it helped pass the time. The Cofrin Library archived a small remnant of Ol’ Blue as a memorial. A small patch of blue shag carpeting (once ubiquitous in the mod, 1970s-era areas of campus), still exists as a wall covering opposite the elevators on the library’s seventh floor… fittingly, just outside the Archives and Area Research Center.