Lightning struck NC State’s Memorial Belltower this week. (Link)
With graduation two days away, N.C. State University is scrambling to fix the crown on a campus jewel. It’s bringing in a platform lift to hoist a 1,500-pound hunk of granite back into place atop the bell tower after a bolt of lightning knocked it loose.
The jolt, delivered Tuesday evening, also dislodged a smaller piece of stone, which fell to the ground and was picked up by a souvenir-hunter.
The whole incident just adds to the tower’s mystique, said Dr. Tom Stafford, vice chancellor for student affairs and one of two resident bell tower experts.
Ahh, yes. Tom Stafford. Spending time on the important stuff like being a ‘bell tower expert’. Whether you are new or old to SFN you should surf our Tags of Tom Stafford for some of our best non-sports conversations ever.
You may not be aware that a major effort is underway to complete Bellltower that I never realized that wasn’t finished. You should click here to catch up on a very interesting project. Additionally, this FaceBook page has been tracking Belltower developments in the media and is a good page.