BY WATCHING ADAMS STAFF – 1/26/17
Since around January 2nd, 2017, a small hand mirror has been placed in each east-facing window of the Adams State University (ASU) president’s house, known as the Marvel House. According to local sources, there are 17 mirrors in total, one per window. The Marvel House has been occupied by ASU President Beverlee J. McClure since July 2015 when she assumed the role of university president.
The purpose of these mirrors remain unknown. Many statements have been made about them which speculate as to their functionality or intended message, including on Watching Adams comments. Some of the comments thus far have included:
January 10, 2017 at 8:04pm Walk or drive by the Marvel House, President McClure's residence, and note the mirrors in every single window on the east side. No other sides, just the east side. What do mirrors in the windows mean? It could be to deflect wayward birds, but that's extremely unlikely given how low the first floor windows are and how close the house next door sits. Alternatively, a Google search reveals: "it works like a protective shield. like if someone is sending you negative energies through spell work or just wishing harm on you, supposedly the mirror makes it go back to them." Whose house is immediately next door to the east? Dr. Gilmer. I think we can draw two conclusions here: She really doesn't like Chris Gilmer and this is some bizarre passive-aggressive act against him. And she's losing her mind. Very scary. I hope the BoT is paying attention.
January 10, 2017 at 11:11pm Re 8:04 pm comment: Seriously? I need to take a gander and view for myself of what is spoken of... if so, I shall photograph such a sight and send to our newspaper, the Valley Courier. Hmmmmm what ever does this mean? Has the witch gone mad, is she creating a spell?
January 13, 2017 at 8:54am I saw the mirrors in the president's windows. Does Adams have a minor in Voodoo?
January 13, 2017 at 12:57pm No, no, no, McClure doesn't have mirrors in her windows because she'd love to replace Gilmer with Doell, even at the risk of losing accreditation. The mirrors are her best solution to HLC accreditation so far. HLC is in Chicago. That's why she put all those mirrors on the east side of her house. Nothing crazy about it.
January 16, 2017 at 7:45am Is McClure's house really called the Marvel House? Why? Where is this place? We want to walk by and see the mirrors.
January 18, 2017 at 8:44pm We have now crossed over into the Twilight Zone, the higher education edition. In this episode, the most capable, accomplished, selfless, professors, those who devote themselves completely to serving students and bettering higher education will perversely be labeled as narcissists. Only the dwindling survivors of this warped universe, the few who still retain their intellect intact, know to look instead to the Marvel house – carefully avoiding the east side spell of mirrors, of course - to witness what a true narcissist looks and acts like. In this episode, the small-minded with no regard for constitutionally protected liberties will crow over someone being denied promotion because “he values free speech so much” (January 8, 2017 5:12pm). They will proudly – shockingly! - state that this denial of promotion was “punishment” (January 8, 2017 5:12pm), going so far as to explicitly claim that they “denied Elison his promotion” (January 8, 2017 8:48am), and meanly sneer that “what comes around goes around” (January 17, 2017 6:21pm). One is tempted to label such revolting expressions and claims of retribution as deeply unAmerican and antithetical to the principles of educational inquiry, but this doesn’t ring so true these days. Like our nation, ASU has become an alternate reality where up is down and down is up. Those stuck in the Twilight Zone look desperately to outside state and national leadership, hoping that someone out there is paying attention to the swirling drain of this sad, sad, little backwater of a campus held hostage by an “intellectually inbred, middle school mentality of cliques” (thanks to January 16, 2017 4:42pm for the apt expression). Adams State crossed over into the Twilight Zone some time ago, and we’re all stuck in its vortex. The first step out of the Twilight Zone is to recognize you’re in it, but this seems to be an insurmountable challenge for most. When surrounded by educational zombies, mimic them to survive, right? This eventually become your new normal, until one day you no longer recognize zombies for what they are - the intellectual undead. The second step is a tough choice: Take a stand, stand ones ground, and do what’s right, or set your sights on normalcy and run for the border. Good night, and good luck out there.
Many sources have claimed that Dr. McClure regularly reads Watching Adams, though this has not been directly confirmed. Given the timing of these mirrors being placed two days after, it is possible that these mirrors are Dr. McClure’s indirect response to this earlier comment:
December 31, 2016 at 3:16pm A line in the January 2017 New Yorker magazine that Drs McClure and Crowther might like to note before next looking in the mirror: "Power doesn't change who you are; it reveals who you are."
One recent comment claims these mirrors have gotten the attention of 9 News. Watching Adams will continue to follow this story.
January 25, 2017 at 11:10pm 9News is going to do an investigation of our transparent campus! They the mirrors in the window!