There have been a lot of new landscaping improvements on Texas Wesleyan’s campus recently. It seems as though the newest improvements have gained a liking with the Texas Wesleyan body.
There have been new trees, bushes, rose beds and benches put into place across campus; but mainly many new trees and bushes around Elizabeth Means Armstrong Hall and O.C. Armstrong Hall.
However, when everyone came back to campus after spring break, the new landscaping improvements that were at first a step-up became a step-down. Confused looks and comments have gone around about why all of a sudden the trees are being cut down around the Eunice and James West Library. One of my friends mentioned hearing someone saying it makes the campus look more open; still, many think removal of the trees look very plain and bare.
Warm spring weather has slowly arrived in North Texas as we desperately wished. Yet, the white cherry blossom trees and Bradford pear trees have not been able to bloom because they got hacked down.
Many other universities are known for their beautiful campus because of their landscaping and unique architectural buildings. For example, Texas Christian University is known for their tulips that bloom in the spring. Even our sister school, Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, is known for their beautiful campus because of their many white cherry blossom trees.
The statue of Willie the Ram stands in front of the hideous rock garden with random shrubs by the Student Union Building. It would be different if the rock garden was appealing, but it is not.
And can I mention the new flower beds in the front of the administration building? I, along with many of my colleagues, agree that the flower beds would have been much more appealing if they were vertically aligned on the main sidewalk instead of the random circular flower beds. Instead, it just looks arbitrary and terrible.
I heard recent rumors from colleagues that have spoken to the maintenance staff that there are plans to plant new trees in place of the old trees that were cut down. This makes absolutely no sense when the trees before were already fully grown. I can only hope these new trees will somehow makeup for the gorgeous white cherry blossom trees that were originally around the Eunice and James West Library.
Julia Anderson, senior music performance major, explains her concern in the new campus look.
“The campus is so small that I feel that the landscape should be an asset to appeal to the students and to the new students to come,” Anderson said. “I support the new idea for adding more plants and flowers to the campus, however, I feel removing the trees that were originally here has lost its charm on campus. If they’re going to change landscape, they should work with what they have and add nicer grass, trees, and flowers instead of taking away any trees.”
Also, many concerns are how funding for landscaping is being spent. It takes an ample amount of time and money to uproot a tree.
Perhaps what would have been helpful is if there was a blueprint of what is to come with all the new landscaping just as there have been blueprints with the Rosedale Renaissance project. Maybe a poll would be helpful from the Wesleyan body of what we would like to see.
Overall, we can at least be very fortunate for the attempts to further improve the look of Wesleyan.