Friday, May 18, 2007

It's All Greek To Me

3,345 members of the Class of 2007 received their degrees today at Louisiana State University's commencement exercises, sitting in the air-conditioned comfort of the Maravich Assembly Center. If they were the class of '37 or '47, they would have graduated here, at the Greek Theatre. Built in the early 1920s, it was designed to seat 3,000 people, and featured a reflecting pool behind its stage.

The pool is no longer there - it was filled in during the 1960s because it was turning into a dump site and a breeding ground for mosquitos. Graduation ceremonies are now conducted indoors, where bad weather poses no threat. The theatre comes into service from time to time for a theatre performance or rock show, but most students who visit there now do so for a quiet place to study or eat lunch between classes.

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