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== Underground Steam Tunnels ==
 
== Underground Steam Tunnels ==
A notorious pastime of William and Mary students is exploring the underground steam tunnels under [[Old Campus]].  The college administration has explicitly prohibited entry to these tunnels in the Student Handbook: "For reasons of safety and security...mechanical equipment areas and steam tunnels of College buildings are closed to all but authorized employees."<ref name="Perry">Perry's Handbook, Sixth Edition, McGraw-Hill Co., 1984.</ref>
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A notorious pastime of William and Mary students is exploring the underground steam tunnels under [[Old Campus]].  The college administration has explicitly prohibited entry to these tunnels, in the Student Handbook: "For reasons of safety and security...mechanical equipment areas and steam tunnels of College buildings are closed to all but authorized employees."
  
<ref>College of William and Mary Student Handbook 2006-2007</ref>
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Unverified Rumors about the Steam Tunnels:
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*The college keeps the tunnels flooded to discourage urban explorers but have an automated drainage system for when matinence workers must access the tunnels.
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*One or more professors no longer employed at the college have escorted students through sections of the tunnels
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Despite the threat of expulsion and real safety hazards, hearsay and a few unofficial guides on the Internet provide students with resources on "tunneling" including points of entry.
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According to college alumnus Andy Lax, class of '77, the tunnels connect to the Bortetourt Crypt located in the basement of the Wren Building.  In 1977, access to the Crypt from the tunnels was blocked with a padlocked steel door.  During that time, supposedly, it was popular for fraternity brothers to sneak into the Crypt and steal a bone from the tomb of James Blair.
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== References ==
 
== References ==
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College of William and Mary Student Handbook 2006-2007
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Busbee, Jay. "The Legend of Crim Dell and other Campus Rumors."  William and Mary Alumni Magazine, Spring/Summer 2006, Vol. 71, No. 3/4. http://alumni.wm.edu/magazine/spgsum_2006/feature_5.shtml
  
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Lax, Andy.  "Rumination on Rumors." William and Mary Alumni Magazine, Mailbox, Fall 2006, pg. 7. https://alumni.wm.edu/magazine/fall_2006/pdf/pg7_Mailbox.pdf

Revision as of 19:08, 10 April 2007

Campus Secrets


Underground Steam Tunnels

A notorious pastime of William and Mary students is exploring the underground steam tunnels under Old Campus. The college administration has explicitly prohibited entry to these tunnels, in the Student Handbook: "For reasons of safety and security...mechanical equipment areas and steam tunnels of College buildings are closed to all but authorized employees."

Unverified Rumors about the Steam Tunnels:

  • The college keeps the tunnels flooded to discourage urban explorers but have an automated drainage system for when matinence workers must access the tunnels.
  • One or more professors no longer employed at the college have escorted students through sections of the tunnels

Despite the threat of expulsion and real safety hazards, hearsay and a few unofficial guides on the Internet provide students with resources on "tunneling" including points of entry.

According to college alumnus Andy Lax, class of '77, the tunnels connect to the Bortetourt Crypt located in the basement of the Wren Building. In 1977, access to the Crypt from the tunnels was blocked with a padlocked steel door. During that time, supposedly, it was popular for fraternity brothers to sneak into the Crypt and steal a bone from the tomb of James Blair.

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  • Lord Bortetourt Crypt (Wren Building)

References

College of William and Mary Student Handbook 2006-2007

Busbee, Jay. "The Legend of Crim Dell and other Campus Rumors." William and Mary Alumni Magazine, Spring/Summer 2006, Vol. 71, No. 3/4. http://alumni.wm.edu/magazine/spgsum_2006/feature_5.shtml

Lax, Andy. "Rumination on Rumors." William and Mary Alumni Magazine, Mailbox, Fall 2006, pg. 7. https://alumni.wm.edu/magazine/fall_2006/pdf/pg7_Mailbox.pdf