City College, the Harvard of South-Central San Francisco, is a truly strange yet wonderful place when you take the time to explore around campus. With so many interesting nooks, crannies and eccentric people on the Ocean Campus, we thought it was deserving of a top five list celebrating our collective strangeness. To steal a phrase from Austin/Portland/a bunch of other gentrifying cities, Keep City College wired!
- The “Wall Ball” Court
The tennis courts at City College have a creepy feeling to them. They are similar to what a rabid internet conspiracy theorist would imagine FEMA Death camp look likes. The tennis courts have the feel of prison cages, oddly similar to Phoenix, Arizona’s infamous “Tent City” prison.
After strolling through the faux FEMA death camp alley, you arrive to an open space where there is a large green wall. Every time I see the green wall it brings out my inner ten year old, and I just want to organize a game of wall ball.
You will also find a batting cage with an overturned shopping cart, that I swear has been like that since I entered City College two years ago. Someone smarter than me would find a metaphor in there somewhere.
- The Maze
What happens at the maze stays at the maze.
- Bungalow 615
If the Ocean Campus were a house on MTV Cribs, Bungalow 615 (home of the Guardsman) would be where Trick Daddy looks at the camera, and with a slight grin, proclaims “This is where the magic happens.”
- The Football Field
I covered the the football team at City College, and lets just say I know some things… I also don’t want to disappear Jimmy Hoffa style and end up as part of the cement under the stands, so lets move on to the next topic…
- What’s your Favorite Shortcut
Every student here it seems has their favorite shortcut, cut through building, or hidden path to get to class quicker, spare their calves the steep hills, or sneak off and smoke a joint.
Shortcuts can be exploited like the grass path leading from Ocean Ave to the Wellness Center, which maybe saves walkers 50 extra feet of effort. You can also take to the elevators in the library or the Student Union building, which lead to a plethora of other shortcuts on campus. Shortcuts are an instrumental part of City College.