Monday, August 10, 2015

Farewell to Nosker House

Photo by The Ohio State University

It is a sad time for me and many of my fellow Ohio State Buckeyes. My first ever home away from home - my Ohio State University dorm building, Nosker, has been demolished. 

I lived here in 2003-2005 and met some of my greatest college friends. We played countless games of Mario Kart, worked the front desk, participated in Comm-Tech scholars, raced the slowest-ever-elevator up the stairs to the 4th floor, consumed disgustingly unhealthy amounts of Easy Mac, Burritos Noches, and Code Red, crammed as many people possible in one dorm room for TV or movie watching parties, and, oh yeah, maybe studied a time or two. 

Photo Courtesy of @OSUNorthCampus

Having strong connections to places and locations is a sign of a true adventurer. I went back to where my dorm was stood in the University District of Columbus, and it was a very surreal feeling to see nothing but a pile of bricks and rubble piled beneath a giant crane. It is strange that I can never physically return to the dorm that helped form who I am today.

Photo by OHventures

It's a sad day but I know Nosker lives on in many people's memories! How firm thy friendship...!

A photo of some of the closest friends I made from Nosker House (Jared, Austin, Brandon, Ryan, Charlie, Matt, Katie, Jess, and Me) at a wedding in 2010

Some history of Nosker House thanks to
On April 6, 1962, the Board of Trustees dedicated a group of dorms on North Campus, including the four to be demolished. These buildings were going to alleviate the housing crisis the University found itself in during post-war enrollment boom of the ’50s and ’60s. What is special about these buildings is that they were named in honor of U.S. war veterans who were all Ohio State students or alumni and who had died during one of the major conflicts, from the First World War through the Korean War. The only two buildings on North Campus not named for a veteran are Drackett Tower and North Commons (Taylor, of Taylor Tower fame, was a veteran, but he survived and worked at Ohio State for many years after he left the service). The four dorms to be demolished are named for the following individuals: 
William C. “Bill” Nosker played three years on the varsity football team as a guard (1938-1940), and served as class president during his sophomore year (1940). He graduated in 1942 with a bachelor of science degree in Agriculture. In December 1943, he was deployed overseas and flew more than 30 missions before he died after a night-time takeoff on August 15, 1944, in Italy. He was awarded the Bronze Star for a mission over Romania, as well as an Air Medal, issued to those who distinguish themselves during an aerial fight. Nosker’s Air Medal had three oak leaf clusters, signifying that he had received this decoration three times.
Photo by J. Zangmeister 

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