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Campus quiz: How well do you know Tempe?

March 11, 2016

You pass through campus every day, but how much have you paid attention to your surroundings, really?

With spring break over, midterms behind us and finals weeks away, ASU Now thought it might be fun to challenge your memory with a visual pop quiz about the Tempe campus. Can you guess where these locations are?

Find the answers below the gallery (hey, no peeking). All photos are by Charlie Leight/ASU Now.





Answers: 1. West side of Memorial Union; 2. McCord Hall; 3. The Design School; 4. The Foucault pendulum is in Bateman Physical Sciences Center F-Wing; 5. Courtyard next to the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing; 6. Coor Hall breezeway; 7. Outside McCord Hall; 8. Student Services Building; 9. ASU Gammage; 10. Outside the School of Human Evolution and Social Change; 11. Music Building; 12. Between Life Sciences Center C and Life Sciences Tower E-Wing; 13. Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 1, or ISTB1; 14. Outside the Durham Language and Literature Building; 15. Coor Hall; 16. Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 4, or ISTB4; 17. Near the Nelson Fine Arts Center; 18. Old Main.

Charlie Leight

Senior photojournalist , ASU Now


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ASU setting path 'Toward a More Perfect University'

Ivy League author praises innovations, widened access at ASU.
'Ivy League is not where it's at,' author says, praising ASU's initiatives.
March 11, 2016

Ivy League author praises innovations launched by ASU President Crow

An Ivy League academic made a startling prediction at a talk at Arizona State University on Friday: Knowledge is progressing so quickly that the concept of a standalone university could soon be obsolete.

Jonathan Cole (pictured above), former provost at Columbia University, made that forecast during a discussion of his new book, “Toward a More Perfect University,” with ASU President Michael Crow in the Memorial Union on the Tempe campus.

“Instead of creating more sports leagues, what we should do is produce academic leagues,” said Cole, who is the John Mitchell Mason Professor of the University at ColumbiaCole also is the former dean of faculties and vice president for arts and sciences at Columbia.. “Why not form a league that’s not based upon a school or a department, but based upon a problem?”

In Cole’s example, complex issues such as the study of inequality of wealth would be studied by a collaboration of the top minds around the world, enabled by technology.

“We’re so far from our maximum in terms of universities’ potential that we should rethink every aspect of them,” he said.

ASU President Michael Crow
ASU President Michael Crow (right) and Columbia professor and author Jonathan Cole discuss the future of higher education Friday in Tempe. Photos by Charlie Leight/ASU Now


CrowBefore coming to ASU in 2002, Crow was executive vice provost of Columbia, where he also was professor of science and technology policy in the School of International and Public Affairs. said that universities need to challenge the “hierarchy of knowledge,” which has become distorted.

“We’ve built this social hierarchy that physics is the elite science and everything else is trivial by comparison. Why do we have ‘physics is better than chemistry,’ ‘chemistry is better than biology’? ‘Economics is more important than political science, which is more important than sociology’?

“The understanding of each is equal.”

Cole said that Crow has been a driver of innovation at ASU to a degree almost unheard of in higher education.

“Most leaders of academic institutions are risk averse, not risk takers,” Cole said. “Michael Crow is a prudent risk taker.”

Toward a More Perfect University bookIn his book, Cole refers to ASU as “a cauldron of change,” citing Crow’s creation of transdisciplinary research initiatives such as the Biodesign Institute, as well as programs such as the Global Freshman Academy and the Starbucks Initiative.

“Every time I come to ASU, I see amazing things unfold in front of my eyes. It’s a level of excellence that you rarely see in an American university combined with access and really giving people opportunities,” Cole said.

Cole said that admission to Ivy League colleges has become so impossibly selective that the students are “boring.”

“They all have perfect scores. They’ve never deviated from the beaten path. They’ve never flunked chemistry,” he said.

“They have taken the quirkiness out of the student body.”

He praised ASU for taking students from a wide variety of backgrounds.

“ASU doesn’t pay homage to the kind of testing mythology that has been internalized in American society as legitimate.”

He said that although his entire education and career have been spent at Columbia, “The Ivy League is not where it’s at.

“Most education and most research is taking place at state universities, and we cannot let them fail.”

Mary Beth Faller

reporter , ASU Now