North Campus, on a bench in front of Old College
12:10 pm When north campus is empty, it's the one place on campus that feels alive. When nature is serene, it represents its true self. There are a few families strolling around, the occasional obnoxious kid who won't stop ringing the chapel bell, and one girl sitting under a tree. Aside from that, North Campus is serene, today. Envision it: sitting on a bench, in front of the building that started it all: the chapel bell rings every two minutes, spreading the happiness of one person throughout the entire north campus, old trees stand regal and tall, spaced out so they're not crowding each other or the quad, their gnarly bases indicating the stretches of time they've seen. And staring out at this all, in front of me, is the noble statue of Old Georgia's founder, Abraham Baldwin. Peeking out from behind the farthest trees, is downtown Athens: East Broad Street, with its old timey buildings, a classic black street clock, and the signature green awning of Starbucks. Quiet and just moving along. Who needs people to comment on or define a place? North campus tells its whole story through the trees, the history, and the ambiance and the serenity that nature emits when the people leave it alone.