The lights in Allen Hall turn off every day, without exception, at 5:04 PM and come back on at 5:05 PM. As a relamp technician (lightbulb changer) on campus, I would love to be able to tell you why this happens, but I’ve never been able to figure it out.
You’re reading this in green and yellow for a reason. U of O was always my goal. When I first took my campus job, freshman year, it was out of necessity. I had learned (and am still learning) that money runs out quickly when there’s none coming in. It hadn’t occurred to me that I would get the unique opportunity to get to know the quirkiest and most intimate details about the campus and the University I had always dreamed about. Since I started changing lightbulbs, I’ve been on the roof of nearly every building on campus, traversed the tunnels that run from Willamette to Lillis, and changed lights inside the bowels of historic MacArthur Court.
A lot of people would complain about a campus labor job, especially one that’s just changing lightbulbs for 17 hours a week, but I absolutely love it. I have accrued so many stories of unique people and unique rooms all over campus that I could start my own rogue tour service. One thing I still can’t explain, however, is why the lights in Allen Hall turn off at 5:04 PM every day. I think I’m alright leaving this one mystery unsolved.