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  1. frptlady
    January 18, 2015 @ 9:41 am

    Hi Chris, i have to tell you , you brought back a few fears, i thought id forgotten all, i was only in those tunnels once!! thats all it took for me to never go back again. i worked at the UofR for 12 years, and ill take the snow sleet and rain any day.. before i ever went back down there again:))

  2. K H Wendt
    January 18, 2015 @ 4:07 pm

    It’s definitely not just a Greek thing. It’s usually a group thing, though, since it takes a lot of paint and a lot of people to paint those tunnels.

    Many a brain cell has been sacrificed to those paint fumes.

  3. michelleames
    January 18, 2015 @ 7:13 pm

    I spent 10 years working at the U on the quad…and the tunnels kept me warm and dry on many errands. When my daughter was young I was talking about the tunnels. She got really excited and wanted to see them. Imagine her disappointment when they were just underground corridors. She was imagining crawling through them on her belly. 🙂

  4. Exploring Underground Rochester [VIDEO]
    January 21, 2015 @ 2:37 pm

    […] Like many universities in cold weather locations, there are tunnels underneath the University of Rochester. Blogger Chris Clemens, who maintains the very interesting Exploring Upstate website recently wandered down into the University of Rochester’s underground tunnels. […]

  5. Terry Mathews-DeSant- Class of '59
    January 30, 2016 @ 11:34 am

    It was exciting seeing the tunnels again under the Eastman quad. I took those tunnels everyday during the winter months for 4 years as an undergraduate from 1955-1959. It was a normal thing to do and everybody did it. Unfortunately, they did not connect up to our dorms, so we still had to wear coats to get to our first class but, after that, it was easy sailing for the rest of the day. Often times after all my classes were finished for the day, I would go directly to the library through the tunnels to study, never seeing the light of day until supper time. thanks for bringing back so many memories.

  6. Interfaith Chapel; University of Rochester - Rochester, NY |
    February 13, 2016 @ 3:07 pm

    […] reflecting on everything I had just heard. So, now I’ve seen the campus (including the very cool graffiti tunnel under the library!). I got to the chapel a bit early and made my way to the office of the new […]

  7. Bill Finan
    September 30, 2016 @ 12:29 am

    Undergrad ’11, Masters ’12 myself. Did you know there’s an entire separate level beneath these tunnels, which at the time ran from Phase to past Hutch? And then an equivalent system on the other side of the power plant at least as far as Goler? The entrance that used to be unlocked was where there be (had been?) lions. But I have a suspicion the new Wegman Hall took that away…