This past summer, the interior of Mission Park was finally given the makeover it had long deserved. The common rooms and hallways sparkle with new furniture and fresh paint. As far as the changes are concerned, the College left nothing to be desired. (Besides, it’s difficult to complain when free cable is involved). Nevertheless, I can’t help but notice what appears to be a significant oversight: the exterior still looks more like a penitentiary than a dorm.
Though it would take time, it would not be difficult to cover Mission with ivy. Ivy poses certain problems â€“ it has to be trimmed back from windows, and sometimes damages its climbing surface â€“ but the benefits far outweigh the inconveniences. Nature has provided us with the perfect disguise for bad architecture; why not put it to good use?
Ainsley O’Connell ’06