For many years, the computer center at Calvin College was located in the main administration building. Since most of the computer center was used to house a very large computer, there were no windows in the computer center. And of course, the lack of windows made the computer center staff feel like they were in a dungeon.
But, as technology changed, so did the computer. What once required a large room, now fit into an area a tenth that size. So, the equipment area was turned into office space for the computer staff instead.
But alas, there were no windows for the staff so a great cry arose from the heart of the administration building. “Give us windows or we will surely die”!
The administration heard their pleas and after a few years, windows were installed in the computer center. The windows brought forth light and life to the computer center staff. Now they could see the beauty of God’s creation every moment of the day. And all was right in the world.
Ah, but what once was unwanted office space due to a lack of windows, suddenly became a prime location. Soon, other departments took notice of the area and started thinking of the possibilities. After all, the administration building should be “one stop shopping” for prospective students. So, the Admissions Department started encroaching into the area.
At first, it was just a room here and a room there. Then adjoining walls were removed. Then finally, the entire computer center was relocated into the basement of another building.
The basement was truly a space that nobody wanted. A space so far below ground that you had to go up two floors just to see daylight. A dungeon indeed.
But, while the computer center staff lost their windows, they could rest in the assurance that they would never have to move again.