Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) faculty, staff, and students were astounded Monday morning to find that Sieg Hall had dressed up in Collegiate Gothic style for Halloween.
"I almost walked past it this morning because I thought I was still in the Quad," said HCDE Assistant to the Chair Jaime Luce. She added, "I don't think it's an improvement, actually. Why go to all the trouble to look like the other buildings at the UW when you could think big and really stand out to look like the Space Needle or Eiffel Tower or something?"
When asked to comment on its costume, Sieg Hall released the following statement:
I’m so tired of people picking on me because I don't have the same sleek gables that the Quad family has. Even the UW calls me ugly. I just want to fit in. And yes, I know you can see my tan lines—cut me some slack already! I have feelings, you know. Do you think it doesn’t hurt when people make fun of me? The entire Department of Computer Science & Engineering turned me into a huge joke!
Besides, the view from my honeycomb windows is awesome—who cares what they look like from the outside? Just come inside! Have you seen my new mural? I could look at it for hours! It’s totally brightened up the stairwell.
Also, don't forget that I was named for Lee Paul Sieg, the UW president who did his best to allow UW Nisei students being forcibly evacuated to find ways to complete their degrees elsewhere. I'd gladly remain his namesake and keep my "ugly" appearance. In fact, this costume is going in the trash as soon as I can figure out how to get it off.