Published: Dec. 1, 2010

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Imagine the campus without Varsity Lake — just a deep, muddy ravine channeling snowmelt down the hill. In 1880 the Portfolio, the student newspaper of the day, speculated, “We shall see at some time in the future a beautiful lake on the campus. One can be constructed at a very small expense as nature has almost completed the work. Then what times the students will have.” In 1888 a dam was built and Varsity Lake was formed. Recently alumnus Joe Felice (A&S’72) wrote to the Coloradan editorial staff, “Nothing can match the beauty of Varsity Bridge and Lake. I used to love to just go there and let it touch my soul. I was always amazed at the solitude in the middle of such a large campus.”