As I was a history and Spanish lit major, all of
my classes were in that building. I just changed
floors, but going to the third floor was the worst.
Going up the ramp sometimes made me dizzy, so
I’d just take the stairs a lot of the time.
—HEATHER HOMESLE Y ’05
After the first jaunt to MA 141, I put away the
cute shoes. —TIFFAN Y PERKINS ’95
I used to hate going up the stairs to my calculus
class on the third floor (unless I wanted a leg
workout). So finally a friend and I discovered the
creepiest elevator on the face of the earth. It
made weird noises, and we never knew if it would
make it to the top floor. Yet we rode it twice a week.
—MARY ASHLEIGH CRAVER ’ 12, ’ 14 MR
When I broke my ankle playing tennis for NC State,
I was given a key to the Harrelson elevator, usually
for exclusive use by staff members.
—JOHN WILLIAM JOYCE
I had numerous mathematics classes in Harrelson.
Especially memorable were the 8: 10 a.m. calculus
classes, the only time available for math majors
to attend. Much too early for students to navigate
the stairs and inner ramp. —JACKIE LILES ’ 78
Do the Math
Unfortunately, classes involving calculus and
differential equations gave me nightmares of
Harrelson. It’s still a shame to see it going away.
—CHARLIE DAW ’02
My first day of class as a freshman in 1975 began
with an honors calculus class in Harrelson Hall at
7: 50 a.m. Our homework assignment was to write
a proof describing how to find the shortest route
between any two classrooms in Harrelson Hall.
Given all the options of using the outer stairs, the
connecting spoke hallways or the central ramp, it
was quite a challenge. After wrestling with the
problem (no dimensions were given) for about
three hours, I managed to put together something
My first class at NC State was in Harrelson. It was
pre-calculus and I went on to take several more
math, accounting and Spanish classes there.
(Spanish was the most fun because we had several parties!) My favorite memory was riding my
bike down the ramp from class. I always took my
bike into my classes to keep it from getting stolen,
and when Harrelson wasn’t busy I would ride down
the ramp to leave. Sometimes I would ride it up
the ramp to class. —DENA ALI ’02
Long ramp, steep stairs, no windows, loud and
ineffective HVAC system, curved boards. It was bad
for students. I suspect it was worse for the faculty.
Good riddance. —SCOT T F. BURLESON ’83
I hated that building with its endless spiral ramp—
or you could take the stairs and never know where
you’d come out. My heart sank a little every semester I realized I had a class there. It was hideous
architecture inside and out. Good riddance.
—ANITA PIT TS JANSSEN ’93
Quirks and Rumors
I remember the one bathroom stall that was
skinnier than all the others. People would get
trapped in it. —KYLE MUNN ’06
One year, at the beginning of the fall semester,
a bunch of locks were changed (I guess to add
some organization to the master key system).
My room key from my second floor room in Owen
did open some locks in Harrelson. The rumor was
that all the keys in Owen were masters for every
lock in Harrelson. I wish I knew the whole story.
—JOHN BRINSON ’ 69
When I came as a freshman, Harrelson was
already under construction. They kept a crane
on the site. A guy I knew made the comment that
with a little bit of paint, the end of the boom on
that crane could be made to look like a monster
head. One afternoon I was coming back across
the campus, and the crane boom was down near
the ground. My friend had a can of paint at the
ready. About midnight that night he and others
went out and painted eyes and a big mouth with
jagged teeth. The boom was never let down
again after that. It was a pretty good prank, and
a picture of it wound up in the Technician.
—BILL MARLIN ’ 64
Harrelson will look like a construction zone again soon. Here, a heavy crane lifted
parts of Harrelson into place when it was built.