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UC Hidden Treasures You Should Be Familiar With

Like many universities, UC has its fair share of impressive alumni, fabulous feats, and award-winning mentions. From McMicken’s cupola to the shoe closet in CCM, UC’s campus is truly a treasure trove of architectural and natural beauty, artistic creativity, and elusive gems.

Below are four of our favorite UC hidden treasures.

1. UC Tunnels

UC has an extensive network of underground utility tunnels! One of the main channels passes beneath Martin Luther King Drive, creating a subterranean connection between Uptown’s main and academic health campuses. Totaling more than two miles in length, the concrete tunnels branch off in various areas to connect the basement of one building to the next and beyond. Utility workers sometimes use the underground system during bad weather, but its main purpose is to serve as a spillway for steam pipes, chilled water and other utility lines

2. A View from the Heights

Practically no place on campus offers a panoramic view like that from inside McMicken Hall's historic cupola. Higher in elevation even than Crosley Tower, the steeple has literally looked down upon campus since its host building was completed along UC's academic ridge in 1950. Steeple access is restricted, but those with the appropriate set of keys can enter through a steel door in the cupola's grated floor.

3. CCM Shoes

Shoes galore! The College-Conservatory of Music is teeming with nearly 5,000 pairs - in sizes from women's 4 to men's 17, ranging from dance taps and cowboy boots to sandals and slippers. Among 450 pairs from Broadway shows "Cyrano, The Musical" and "The Scarlet Pimpernel," are 17th century-style swashbuckler boots valued at $900 to $1,400 a pair. The college also owns hundreds of wigs, beards and mustaches, many handmade by CCM students as part of their coursework.

4. UC Penthouses

A penthouse at UC? Surprised? Don’t be! The university actually has SIX of them - two each. On the top floors of Morgens, Scioto and Spencer residence halls. Available to faculty and staff through a waiting list, they are two-bedroom units with wood-burning fireplaces, parquet floors, laundry hookups and patios with “spectacular views,” says housing manager Deb Cohen.

The university also has four guest apartments for visiting professors, researchers and international faculty who are staying at least one month. The one- and two-bedroom units come equipped with high-speed Internet access and maid service.

Were you familiar with these facts? Know any other “UC secrets”? Make sure to tell us about them!


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