Spotted: Four Windows Filled with Paper-Writing Notes in Olin

I’m not sure if preserving paper by writing all of your notes on erasable windows is an official part of the pledge to be sustainable over break, but it smells like practical idealism to me. Straight from the Wesleyan University Facebook page comes this image of a window in the Olin stacks totally filled with notes for a paper in December. According to the caption:

In December, a student wrote notes for a paper, in marker, here in Olin Library’s stacks. A message reading “Do Not Erase” accompanies the four-windows-worth of notes.

While it hasn’t gone viral à la Sam Lyons ’12, the image has drummed up a respectable count of Facebook likes, as well as a hilarious array of comments, including this unrelated query from a Wesleyan fan in Mexico:

Naturally, an ’85 Wes alum joined in the thread with cries of vandalism: 

But Dandara Catete ’15 quickly came to the window-writer’s defense, pointing out that it’s totally erasable, and seriously, mom, we have enough rules already:

I am not going to draw a comparison to chalking. I am not going to draw a comparison to chalking. I am not going to draw a comparison to chalking. I am not going to draw a comparison to chalking.

Fuck it, this is just like chalking. Activist kids, get your erasable markers ready in three, two, one…

  • Kendrick Lamar

    I also have facebook in French.

  • Pat Tully

    It took me a while to find it, but I did and it is erasable. So I can’t think of it as vandalism. Interesting use of windows as whiteboards!

    • Batte_A

      Pat, you’re my favorite Caleb T. Winchester University Librarian of all time.

  • Joe Don Baker

    John Nash was here