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Monday April 12th

Letter: ​What’s up with the Bell Tower?


Time was, in addition to ringing out the hours and quarter hours, the carillon used to render a selection of tunes following the twelve noon striking.

5 p.m. was preceded by an abbreviated version of “Hark the Sound.”

Do we still have a university Bell Ringer?

Are we so involved with our smart phones and devices that we don’t even notice one of the unique sounds of being on campus?

Several years ago, I made a suggestion to the Order of the Bell Tower that as a fund raising project they ought to issue a CD of the Bell Tower tunes interspersed with traditional campus songs by various choral groups.

The alumni would probably snatch it up in a heartbeat, but alas the proposal fell onto deaf ears.

Perhaps some other enterprising campus group could pick up on the idea and produce something creative for this memorable campus landmark and reduce the theft of sidewalk bricks from departing graduates.

Hark the Sound.

F. Marion Redd

Class of ’67

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