Navigating the campus underground


For graduating senior Dan Darkow, who has spinal muscular atrophy and has been in a wheelchair since age 3, the underground connections between 20 of the 22 academic buildings simply allow for easy access.

“The tunnels offer a flat ground that I can easily move across without any bumps, ditches or obstacles in the way,” says Darkow, whose next education journey will be a master’s degree in higher ed student affairs so that he can help serve students with disabilities.

But, he notes, the tunnels are universally embraced. “No one likes to go outside in the freezing weather, snow, rain or wicked wind,” he says. “The tunnels appeal to all as a safe means of transportation, and some use it as a space to do their daily walking.”

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