Now, this is how you build a national reputation–prominent and flattering placement in free media, rather than building $250 million stadiums. NPR’s Renee Montagne aired two interviews yesterday and today on Morning Edition featuring people connected to Colorado State University and its local community. Yesterday morning, she spoke with CSU Political Science majors, and today she talked to local Latinas about the presidential election in our swing state. And guess what? Montagne didn’t come here because she had heard about the famously losing record of our famously losing football team with its famously overpaid coach! My guess is that she rooted her stories here because of the work of political scientist and local pundit John Straayer, a faculty member who built his 46 year long career here.
NPR visited a few weeks ago on an unusual rainy day, so the photo at left was probably taken on another day. The view is of the Clark building, home of several departments in the College of Liberal Arts including Poli Sci and History. In fact, the NPR photographer got a shot of my office window, highlighted in red at left. (I must not have been on campus that day, as I usually have the narrow central window cranked open.)
N.B.: there’s a good reason they didn’t want to show you the inside! Let’s just say that although Clark is a notorious eyesore and menace to the health, safety, and comfort of its denizens (who include faculty, students, and staff, as it is a building with both classrooms and departmental offices), we didn’t get a $250 million renovation. All we got was an exterior paint job (which helped to a surprising degree), a new HVAC system (because the old one kept flooding faculty offices!), and new carpeting in some corridors that looks like it was a remainder from the Carpet Barn.