I know a lot of people hated it. But there
was always something unique, funky
and fun about taking a class there.
—JAMES SPRENKEL ’00
The story behind the stand of pines.
You may be familiar with the stand of tall pine trees in front of Harrelson.
While the trees may look like they’ve been in place since the building
was constructed, they’re actually a more recent addition—and one that
marks a milestone in NC State history.
The pines were planted in 1983 after NC State’s NCAA championship win
over Houston. The raucous victory celebration on the Brickyard on the
night of the April 4 victory (which included a massive bonfire) was too
much for the shrubs that served as landscaping on the northwest side
of the building. The fast-growing pines were planted in the bare spot
that remained. But after 33 years, the pines will be removed when
Harrelson’s demolition begins. University planners say they will plant a
mix of hardwoods and other plants in the area where Harrelson stood.
two steps higher! I turned around and saw Tom
Gugliotta ’92, the basketball player who went on
to the NBA, standing behind me. He said, “You OK,
toots?” He had grabbed the belt loop of my jeans
just before I hit the ground and s wung me up t wo
steps, landing me flat on my feet. And of course he
helped me collect my books. I was in such shock
I don’t know if I even thanked him. But it’s one of
my favorite memories of Harrelson Hall.
—SARAH HUNTINGTON ’94
Dazed and Confused
My first class freshman year was an 8:05 a.m.
math class in Harrelson. I went in one set of stairs,
around the circular hallway, and found my class.
Between being spun in a circle and over whelmed
by my first college class, I exited after class by
the first set of stairs I came to and walked away
in what I thought was the same direction I had
come. Intending to return to Bragaw, I did not
realize until I got to Riddick Stadium I was going
the opposite direction. I literally felt like I had
been chewed up and spit out that day!
—JOSH BRADY ’03, ’04
My first contact with Harrelson Hall was rather
traumatic. I was taking an economics class in
Primrose Hall, and Harrelson was not open yet.
I missed a Friday session and when I went on
Monday, no one was there. When there was no
one in the classroom on Wednesday, I panicked.
When I went to the office, I found they had moved
to Harrelson. I wandered around Harrelson for
hours, found the office and eventually found the
class. I had nightmares about it for years. (As a
side note, I’m the guy who walked around sticking
my dorm room key in any lock it would fit in to
see if it turned. It did turn the lock to the staff
elevator. Never took the stairs or ramp again.)
—JAMES TAYLOR ’ 71
SHARE YOUR MEMORIES.
College is a time for learning—but not just in the
classroom. For our next issue of NC State, we'd
love to hear about the most valuable life lesson
you learned when you were a student. It might
have come from a professor, your roommate, a
co-worker. Maybe it came from an experience
that gave you a new perspective on life.
Write us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t
forget to include your name and class year.
*Some entries have been edited for length,
style and clarity.