Letter: Address seasonal clutter at LSU

I commend LSU’s landscape crews, led by Fred Fellner, as well as the facilities committee, which oversees the university’s outstanding visual identity and signage program. I recently retired from LSU after 32 years and know how tirelessly they work. The LSU campus has never looked better.

Unfortunately, during football season, this magnificent campus is almost entirely draped in plastic netting, caution tape, barricades, and cheap temporary signage, all of which remains continuously in place for almost 4 months each year. I fully understand and support the need to indicate game parking and protect our trees and landscape from tailgating abuse, but I hope the university will explore better and more visually appealing long-term solutions. (Permanent low-lying black bollards and chain in certain key areas? Stationing personnel during game days in other areas? Fines for tailgaters who fail to park in designated areas?)

I am a proud graduate of both LSU and the University of Alabama and I love both schools. When on the UA campus a few weeks ago, three days prior to a home game, I saw a pristine campus with no such temporary visual clutter.

I realize that there is a difference in the campus landscapes and tailgating cultures, but I urge LSU to see this matter through the eyes of thousands of weekday visitors, including large numbers of out-of-state prospective students and their parents. LSU clearly has one of the most unique and beautiful campuses in the country, but for a full quarter of the year, it’s sad that much of it resembles a construction zone.

Ed Dodd

retired LSU employee

Baton Rouge