Observation Essay Eng 101 (Old Lecture Hall)

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The entrances to the lecture room are at the hall's rear. There are two doors that open in to the hallway. Above each of these doors is a silver sign that reads E X I T and is lighted in red. The red light floods the dim room like a flashlight in a midnight alley. The room is football field shaped-- longer than it is wide --and the floor gradually becomes lower like a movie theater before stadium seating.Extending from the rear doors and toward the front of the hall are two aisles. These pathways are covered in Brady Bunch brown carpeting that has been trampled down throughout the ages and is now becoming thin and shabby. Between the two aisles lies a sea of chairs and dark mocha tile that is cracked and chipped here and there creating texture of waves and revealing the chilling, solid cement floor beneath it. The seats number about one hundred fifty, arranged in rows of ten and resembling an army marching off to war. The seats themselves are of the arena variety. The seat springs up to a vertical position when not in use and are held down by the weight of each body while occupied. The chairs have a cushioned seat and back rest covered in a dingy algae-colored cloth. When tapped the century-old trapped dust escapes the threadbare material and dances in the light of its newfound freedom. The armrests and also the backsides of the chairs have been constructed of wood. Lazily and patiently waiting under the seat, a slice of wood resides, the only tool the lecture hall provides for its students. Its function, once lifted and latched securely to the armrest, is to grant the student a hard surface on which to write. Like other parts of the seat, it is also fashioned from wood.At the front of the room is a wide area of open space. Placed in this empty space near the right side of the room is a large, flat podium. On the top, left-hand side of the structure sits an overhead projector. Scattered on the projector and littered throughout the surface of the podium is a hodge-podge of papers, notes, maps, manuals and books. This clutter resembles the trailer parks seen on the nightly news after an F-5 tornado has gone through the town. To the right of this work area is another door interrupting the faded wood paneling. Another exit sign stands guard above this door.Directly behind the podium and the rest of the empty space is a platform or stage that is elevated nearly two and a half feet from the floor and extends the full nine feet to the front wall. Situated on the left side of the stage are three chairs. They seem worn, dirty, and in disrepair. One chair has a large tear in the once-shiny ebony vinyl of the backrest and the yellow foam from within is spilling forth like the intestines of a person who has been sliced through their middle. In the center of the platform, attached to the front wall, is a pull down screen that is used in conjunction with the overhead projector to display information. The string, extending from its thin metal handle,...

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