Two years on, the pit that once was a functioning University campus is still under construction, and students and staff are sick of it.
Most of us studying right now will never get to enjoy the promised state of the art recreation centre or world-renowned green infrastructure, but UoA has strategically placed some decor to improve the campus in the meantime.
Perhaps inspired by the Parks Committee of Pawnee, UoA has launched its own Sub-Committee for Pit Beautification to appease the masses who are tired of looking at a mound of dirt every time they come to campus. A colourful array of plants and strings of fairy lights can be found around the City Campus Quad for the few people that still study in-person to enjoy. Leslie Knope would be proud.
The University told Craccum that their Grounds Team rolled in several planters in front of the site’s hoarding for the enjoyment of those using the Quad. They hoped this would “help play down the Recreation Centre construction site’s impact and enhance the campus experience.”
The move has proven to be a successful diversion from the ongoing renovations for some. Students on campus told Craccum that they enjoy the “aesthetic vibes” of the fairy lights, and described the decor as “wholesome.” Although, those working around the construction noise, or paying student services fees might say otherwise.