When I enrolled at Oberlin College in 1965, intending to major in physics, I found myself in a Men's Quad a six-acre lawn bounded by science labs and dormitories for freshmen.
freshmen. Scientists are supposed to be men,
right? And Barrows and Burton were both men's dorms.
However, nowadays we use gender-neutral terminology: a freshman
is a first-year student, not all dormitories are for one
sex only, and the Men's Quad is now North Bowl.)
Chemistry and biology were both housed in the four-year-old Kettering Hall of Science, the building that fills the upper right of the above photo from the 1964 Hi-O-Hi. Its western half has since been incorporated into the newer and even larger Science Center, but Kettering's eastern half is now gone.
I lived on the third floor of Burton. Through the screen on my dorm window, I took a Polaroid of Kettering. It was a massive roadblock, nearly the size of a football field, between the Quad and the rest of the campus farther to the south. Some called it the Great Wall of Science. Realizing this, the architect provided a ground-level shortcut through it, a passageway between the two halves of the building.
Before dawn on many a winter morning, on my way to breakfast at Dascomb and my 8:00 German class at King, I'd descend the Burton stairs, leave my dorm, and head down that walk. After trudging past Barrows I'd enter Kettering for a brief respite from the cold winds before continuing on my way.