Mark Hanlon wasn’t thinking about history. He just wanted to see if anyone would notice. Last summer, Hanlon, the University’s operations supervisor, decided to place blue spotlights inside the dome of the Alumni Center tower, a move that would make the tower visible at night from parts of the campus as well as from nearby Interstate 71. Sure enough, people noticed. But they may not realize the historical significance.
The tower was originally designed to house weather lights, but those went dark when World War II broke out—the original owners fearing the lights would serve as a beacon for enemy bombers. So this year marks the first time the tower has been lit regularly, if at all, in about 65 years.