window, on the wall . . .
CHECKIN' IT OUT: The
ECC windows act like a full-length mirror, inviting
some self-study. / Photos by Jerrica Hall
By Jerrica Hall
October 24, 2006 | You were late waking up and it isn't
your best hair day. As you walk by the Taggart Student
Center, you resist the urge to look at yourself in the
window. Just one look and you can fix that flyaway.
But if you look, you know someone will be on the other
side -- either laughing at you or singing the words
to You're So Vain.
As you near the end of the building, you can't help
but turn your head and before you know it, you're checking
Welcome to the club.
I think it's safe to say that just about every person
on campus has shot a glance or two in the windows of
the Taggart Student
Center or the
Eccles Conference Center. Both buildings have windows
that serve as excellent mirrors for students on the
The TSC is a far more popular check-out zone than
the ECC, due to the large concentration of students
of students there. In a survey of over 100 students,
88 percent say they have looked at themselves at least
once in the TSC windows. Many students can catch the
bus for school, jump off a few minutes later, and catch
one more glance of themselves before heading to class.
The Eccles Conference Center, just west of the Merrill
Cazier Library, serves as a great full body mirror and
has even acquired the nickname of the "Vanity Building."
The diagonal sidewalks are ideal for sneaking a quick
glance without looking too obvious. Eighty-one percent
of students say they have looked in these windows at
least once. However, being spotted checking yourself
out in the ECC windows can occur more easily than you
rare occasions I will look in the windows of the ECC,"
Megan Decker, a senior, said. "I heard that people sit
inside that building and watch people check themselves
It's true that you are more likely to get caught at
the ECC. Don't be surprised if someone is sitting inside
the lobby watching you. Carrie Milligan, who worked
as the credit and adult learning programs coordinator
for the ECC, had many experiences "people watching"
from the inside.
"We would take our lunches in the lobby and just watch
people," says Milligan. "Then, we would take turns guessing
which students would look in the window."
So maybe students aren't being as clandestine as they
think. Even though 65 percent of students surveyed say
they try to be secretive when glancing in the windows,
62 percent say that they have caught people checking
themselves out. Garrett Rees, a senior, does more than
just laugh at people who check themselves out in the
"I'm usually the one that pounds on the window to
make sure they know that I've seen them. I love that,"
Rees said. "In fact, when I'm supposed to be studying,
I usually go sit in the Eccles and see how many people
I can anger in a five minute period."
students who are not yet attending USU may learn the
significance of these windows. USU Ambassadors, who
are responsible for recruiting prospective students,
sometimes tend to point out these windows on their campus
"I always point out the "Vanity Building" because
everyone thinks it's so funny," said Ambassador Kelsey
Burns. "Especially when I tell them people sit inside
and watch them."
Former youth programs administrator, Tad Sorenson,
has learned his lesson and won't be glancing in windows
"Ever since I worked for the ECC I refuse to look
in the windows,"he said . "When ever I walk past, I
just look dead straight."
So, what about you? Will you be checking yourself