Front of Commons showing columns and carved names of World War I battles on the entablatureI keep coming back to the view of Commons as you approach it from Wall Street, passing Woodbridge Hall. That grand plaza, those columns, those names of WW 1 battles carved above the columns. It seems to be saying there is history and tradition here and please don’t forget it. And then, right next to it, the Beinecke library looking like a visitor from the future that happened to drop by. I’ve taken friends and visitors into both Beinecke and Commons because the insides of both are so striking and so grand. The buildings just seemed to give me the message: you’re here in a place of impressive excellence, be thankful! And though I haven’t been inside Commons for some years now I’m sure going to miss what it was.

Sam Mink