Some students and faculty members at Gustavus Adolphus College conduct serious research during the summer, when classes are not in session, but they also manage to have a little fun.
Indicative of the community spirit that permeates Gustavus and the collaborative relationships that develop between faculty members and students, last week a faculty member returned to campus after a week’s vacation and found his office cleverly redecorated by some of his research students.
Chemistry professor Scott Bur’s office and all of its contents — from floor to ceiling — had been carefully covered with aluminum foil.
“I have a sense of humor,” Bur says. He’s slowly unwrapping items — the coffee pot and telephone were among the first items to be uncovered.
What started as local news in the Free Press of Mankato on July 23, 2010 quickly spread. Articles, photographs, and video have appeared in numerous media outlets from newspaper and television reports to radio stations and online blogs. Some noteworthy media coverage includes National Public Radio, the Washington Post, CBS News, the San Francisco Chronicle, and more.
It may have remained a quiet campus secret if it weren’t for another unusual occurrence — the blooming of Perry the Corpse Flower. The shiny tinfoil office was noticed by a local journalist who was on campus visiting Perry and interviewing its grower Brian O’Brien, a chemistry professor whose office is right next to Bur’s.
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