june 2, 2020

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“He has told you, O mortal, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?” ~ Micah 6:8

A final fairwell

I had to go into the office today so I took my camera along to get a look at the demolition progress on Kirwan-Blanding. A couple of weeks ago, Ruth Bryan and I from archives and Keith Ingram from facilities were interviewed by a reporter from the Herald-Leader about the demo. I would share the article but it’s behind a paywall.  I was pleasantly pleased that the reporter’s quotes from me didn’t make me sound like an idiot, which has been my experience in the past. Better still was that the paper took an interest in the demolition! The complex has meant a lot to thousands of students since 1968. Just as the article was being released, Ruth started a facebook group aimed at Kirwan-Blanding residents, and since the article’s release, it has really taken off. Former residents are posting photos and reminiscing about their time there. It’s fun to watch. As I said in the article, there’s always a sense of loss when we lose such iconic buildings, but I’m really, really, really glad I had the opportunity to photograph them before they came down. That was before the pandemic quarantine. Since then, someone – god knows how – managed to scale both towers on multiple sides and leave a final note. It can be seen by the doctors and nurses fighting the Corona virus at the nearby UK Chandler Medical Center and VA Hospitals. Shout out to whomever did it. What a way to go.

from Cooper
left: Blanding, right: Kirwan
rubble
behind the new dorm

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