October 2, 2000

It's hard to get over affection for house


Josh Renaud
editor-in-chief

I always love the underdogs. I'm not sure what that means, but it's the way I am.

Take computers, for instance. Ask somebody to name their favorite kind, and you'll usually hear PC or Macintosh, or maybe a linux box. Ask me, and I'll tell you Atari. Most people don't realize Atari made computers, but they did. And I can tell you almost any detail of the company's history, from its founding by Nolan Bushnell in the early 70s to its merger with JTS Corp. at the end of the 90s.

I've always been a baseball fan. As a kid, collecting baseball cards was one of my hobbies. My friends all had their favorite players: Ken Griffey, Jr., Barry Bonds, Frank Thomas. Me? I liked Todd Zeile, the Cardinals' catcher (and later, third baseman). I'm not really sure how or why Zeile became my favorite player, but he put up pretty good numbers almost every year, and he was always better the second half of the season than the first half.

My most recent underdog love affair was with The Current's old house at 7940 Natural Bridge Rd. If you stay in any place long enough, you'll usually develop some sort of affection for it. But when you look at that place, some people might be turned off.

After all, the bricks started coming loose around the front porch. Squirrels were regular visitors to the upstairs business office. And one by one this summer, our air conditioners began failing. The office of the editor-in-chief didn't have a radiator, so the EICs of the past had to rely on a space heater. And the basement! Oh, the horrors of the basement.

Despite its quirks, the house was great. I loved the space it afforded the staff. There was so much room, so many places to go if you needed a quiet place to write or to think. And after years of housing the student newspaper, the place was plastered in different stickers and posters, giving it a definite sense of personality.

This weekend, The Current moved into the new Millennium Student Center. Over the next few weeks, other campus departments will move here as well. This new building is rather magnificent. A lot of thought went into it, and I believe it shows. It's not a perfect building. After only a few days in it, I could give you a preliminary list of flaws, but those are relatively minor details. It's going to be a popular place with students.

Even so, surrounded by tons of new stuff, my heart is having a hard time making the transition. This massive Student Center isn't exactly an underdog.

This article was reprinted with permission from The Current.


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