SUNNY DAYS, STUDENTS IN THE 1970s sat outside Willis Library casually
chatting and soaking their feet in the bubbling fountain between
classes. Now, whispers have replaced the sound of babbling water.
built the fountain in 1971, they centered it in the Library Mall
as a place for students to congregate and study. But the fountain
began to be used for other purposes as a repository for soap
bubbles and a bath for people and their dogs.
the ’70s, students enjoyed the fountain in front of Willis Library.
clogged and the bubbles became a problem, the campus engineer drained
the fountain. Since 1980 it has been lined with rocks, and planters
inside the concrete cylinder produce colorful flowers in the spring.
In 1981, maintenance workers installed a light pole in the center,
brightening the mall area.
have nicknamed the former fountain the Whispering Well.
Its perfectly circular structure allows someone who whispers under
the lip of the cylinder on one side to be heard on the other side.
students visit the spot on their campus tour and occasionally test
out the acoustics.
student organization that helps in the admissions, development,
chancellors and presidents offices, is planning to build
another fountain near the new Gateway Center now under construction.
fountain is a very collegiate type of architecture, says Joel
Daboub, NT40 adviser and senior assistant director of admissions.
students would like to see something like that on our campus.
has worked for the last three years to raise funds for the project
that may cost anywhere from $25,000 to $45,000.