A student rally planned to encourage Elson Floyd to stay at Western Michigan University turned into a display of affection and respect Wednesday afternoon, hours after Floyd announced he would leave Western to become president of the University of Missouri System.
Artist Paul Jackson’s Tiger Spot mosaic on Lowry Mall was described as a “wonderful vision” by MU Chancellor Richard Wallace at its unveiling 11 months ago. That vision of the colorful face of a Bengal tiger has since been marred by mineral deposits and broken tiles. Now, MU will spend an estimated $11,000 to build a drain to protect a project meant to be funded entirely by private donors.
Missing tiles. Uneven seams. Crumbling concrete.