Tuesday, January 29, 2013

SOCCCD CHRONICLES: Saddleback College claims that particular part of the color spectrum

IVC's PAC: Saddleback north?
     As you know, among the construction projects at Irvine Valley College is the new biology building, which, after the inevitable snafu (problems with bankrupt contractors, as I recall), got back on track and is well on its way to completion, I guess.
     Recently, a colleague dropped by to explain the latest absurdity concerning the project. There’s very little color in the building, he said, and what color there is is some kind of red.
     But there’s a problem. Those red accents must be replaced, it seems.
     Why?
     Said the friend: “evidently Saddleback College claims that particular part of the color spectrum.”
     “Huh?”
     “Red is Saddleback’s color. We’re blue.”
     “Yeah, like those goddam balloons they put up all the time,” said another colleague.
     "You're kidding!" I said. "We can't use any red?"
     “Nope. No red allowed.”
PAC: there were so many options
     There was silence.
     “Evidently, black is OK, too. They’re gonna go with black. Beige and black.”
     After a second or two, another colleague mentioned the curious factoid that our celebrated Performing Arts Center (PAC) is colored red, more or less. It looks like a big, rusty collision of geometric shapes.
     “Yeah,” said the friend, “but that’s because the building was supposed to be brick, but they fucked up and the project ran out of money, and so they went with the usual cheapy stucco and painted it ‘brick’—i.e., a particularly ugly shade of red chosen by Glenn [Roquemore, IVC’s Prez].”
     "I heard that he chose that color 'cuz the paint happened to be on sale," I said.
     We stared into space.

Note: I am not suggesting that Saddleback College has somehow interceded to prevent the use of red in the building. My assumption was that some district or college official imposed some sort of district rule or understanding to the effect that red is for Saddleback, blue is for IVC. C'mon.


From IVC Facebook page

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is one of thsoe Dissent stories where I am not sure if it is real or not - and then I realize that it must be.

Roy Bauer said...

Dude, every word of it is true.

Anonymous said...

Saddleback had first dibs on red years ago. Besides, they now have to put up with (fully tenured!) Howard Gensler. Have not they suffered enough? Let them have their red. Commies.

Anonymous said...

I can't imagine any Saddleback faculty member objecting to an IVC building with red in the color scheme - why would they care? where does this come from? And why, after the plans and designs have been approved (for YEARS now), do they have the power to force changes? What did Glen do about it?

Anonymous said...

If an IVC building gets painted red people might become confused and think they are Saddleback! It happens all the time.

Anonymous said...

This did NOT come from Saddleback faculty.

Anonymous said...

The floor in A-100 is red.

Anonymous said...

This is embarassing...I just see red faces.

Anonymous said...

sorry, Sammy Hagar claimed red long ago........
Where do you get this crap??

Anonymous said...

Blue and white! Fight team, fight!

Red and gold, you're growing old!

Half-staff: ten days and counting.

The flags outside A-100 has been flying at half-staff for ten days now. Even the one of the regular Jehovah's Witness women noticed ...