PAPER FIVE DONE - Jamie Goode English 125-206 Fritz Swanson...

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Jamie Goode English 125-206 Fritz Swanson August 16, 2010 Jigoode@umich.edu Chaotic Tranquility Coming to college, everyone is embarking on a new journey. A journey to find a place where they belong, a place they can call their own. Walking through central campus, students transition from their past to their future, while struggling to establish their own identity along the way. The diag is one central place on campus where this evolution is most evident. Someone may walk into the diag alone, but once they are surrounded by the tall trees and buildings they become part of the university community. You are both embraced and protected. At The University of Michigan, the diag is located in the heart of main campus. It is a large open space, surrounded by a series of angular sidewalks all intersecting in the middle. This central area is surrounded by a variety of brick buildings leading up to the stairs of the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library. Whether a person’s destination is the Chemistry Building, the Graduate Library or Angell Hall, the sidewalks crisscross in a central area, allowing them to travel to where they need to go. The intertwined cement pathways weave together to create something intricate, beautiful and stimulating. A large block “M” is located in the center of the diag. Tall trees provide shade in the grassy areas lining the sidewalks. Kiosks filled with posters of events and messages are prominent. Bikes fill the bike racks located at the diag entrance next to the Shapiro Undergraduate Library. Benches provide a place for students to sit, relax, people watch, or wait for classes to begin. At any given time, the diag is a busy area. The University buildings insulate the diag from the streets that encase it. People can walk aimlessly without having to pay attention to cars or buses. There are no 1
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Jamie Goode English 125-206 Fritz Swanson August 16, 2010 Jigoode@umich.edu concerns about traffic. It is an opportunity for children to run around without their parents having to keep them at their side for fear of them running into the street. The diag evokes a feeling of safety and protection from the outside world. Throughout the day you can see students racing to class, parents walking with their children, people hanging out on the grass, or groups of students strolling along the sidewalks. At times, teenagers speed by one another on their skateboards, too busy to see the world around them. The cement sidewalks make tracks to help a young child learn to ride a two-wheeler for the first time. The cracks in the sidewalk act as obstacles for bikers as they weave around them. A group of boys play a game of ultimate Frisbee with their dog running back and forth in hopes of grabbing the Frisbee, due to a missed catch. Students scurry into a building as their next class is about to begin. Others walk with their heads down as they listen to music or try to quickly read their last few note cards just seconds before a big exam. There are triangular areas of grass framed by the sidewalks. They act as a blanket
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This note was uploaded on 02/07/2011 for the course ENGLISH 125 taught by Professor Decourcy during the Fall '09 term at University of Michigan.

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