Story by Rachel Sande

Classes, homework, friends and work keep many students running from one end of campus to the next. Many students cut through buildings to avoid the cold or take a short cut. But, too often, we forget that the buildings we pass through everyday have a story to tell, too. Those buildings have a history of their own you know. Here are 5 things you didn’t know about the Jacob Spori Building.

  1. Many bricks recovered from the original basement still have names and dates that students wrote on them more than 100 years ago. Some of those signatures date back to the early 1900s, according to “Remembering the Spori.”
  2. The Spori Building used to be the oldest building on campus, until it burned in a fire on Feb. 1, 2000. Since then, it’s been rebuilt, and it’s still the heart of campus. But, before it burned, it was actually scheduled to be demolished, after 110 years of use. After it burned, community members were allowed to take a rock or two from the original Spori Building as a keepsake, according to the Nov. 12, 2000, issue of Scroll.

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  1. “Education is often associated with gaining the light of understanding and knowledge. Two of the symbols on the Spori Building — a sunburst and a torch — placed heavenly light above that created by man,” according to “Remembering the Spori. Next time you’re in the Spori, keep an eye out for those symbols.
  2.  The Spori Building used to be the school’s administration building, according to the Oct.10, 2000, issue of Scroll. Around the year 1965, the Spori was the home of the administrative offices, registrars office, housing office and cashiers office. These offices are now located in the Spencer W. Kimball Administrative and Student Services Building.
  3.  The Spori Building is the home to Scroll, and back in the day, Inez Spori, who was the daughter of Jacob Spori, was chosen as the editor in chief for the school paper.

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