The Northwestern Daily: September 18, 1995: Letter to the Editor
"Observatory Was Vital Educational Tool"
Northwestern University applied for and received a $300,000 grant from the
National Science Foundation to turn Lindheimer Observatory into an
undergraduate educational observatory. The NSF grant would have allowed for
one-quarter of each entering class, including many non-science majors,
hands-on experience with modern science research and discovery using the
unique college campus resource of a 40-inch telescope. They also would have
been able to experience the once-in-a-lifetime thrill of personal
observations through a world-class telescope.
Now, after receiving the grant and hiring an astronomer to oversee its
implementation, Northwestern has decided to demolish the observatory
On the afternoon of Wednesday Septermber 13th, you can see what Northwestern
thinks of education when they demolish the Lindheimer Observatory.
Top Six Missed Signs That Lindheimer Observatory Was Doomed
6) Observatory not included in the NUNet expansion.
5) Administration's refusal to house Chancellor Weber's office in
4) EPA's refusal to add mutant (asbestos) Observatory spiders to endangered
3) When parking spaces were added to the access road, non of the ones near
Lindheimer reserved for the handicapped.
2) Kellogg's announcement of a new recreational facility with squash courts,
stairmasters, and a rotating restaurant with a great view.
1) The administration just does not give a sh*t!
September 25, 1995 - Robert Lentz