To this very day, “Phillip Engineering” remains eternally etched into Phillips Hall. photo by Sara Serrano

TU engineering student lost in Phillips Hall

Despite multiple search parties, campus security have yet to free the student from building.

TU engineer Sarah N. Dipity wandered into Phillips Hall six years ago thinking she was headed to the right place. After all, the words, “Phillips Engineering” are etched into the building’s façade with clear intention of permanence. But she had no idea what she was getting into that fateful August morning in 2013.

“At that point in my life I was so certain of who I was and what I wanted to be. Mechanical Engineering was my lifelong passion. It’s all I had ever wanted to be,” reflected Dipity.

But life had something else in store of Dipity. When she wandered into Phillips hall thinking it was an engineering building, she got lost. Very lost. On a scale of 1 – freshman in Kendall Hall for the first time, Dipity was an 8.5, generously.

“There were so many stairs, and the building was so disorganized! And there were all these weird pictures on the walls that people kept calling ‘art’ as if that were a normal thing in an engineering building,” said Dipity.

It was at that point that she realized she was stuck there. So when life gives you lemons, cut them into slices and make a collage. She became an art major. By accident.

She worked her way through sculpture and painting, collage and woodcarving, until she became a master at all things artsy. She had found herself. She got her bachelor’s degree in 2017, and now, six years after her initial accidental trip to Phillips, she is graduating with her master’s.

“It’s a dream come true! I would like to thank TU for never changing the ‘engineering’ label on the art building, the artists at TU for being so supportive and all my professors who bore with me through thick and thin.”

The one problem is of course that Dipity is still to this day lost somewhere in Phillips Hall. Students occasionally see her wandering the hallways during the day, happily working on this, that and the other thing. Some even claim to have seen her at night.

“One time I was up late working on a sculpture. On my way to the kiln, a girl ran right by me muttering to herself about clay. It was horrifying!” said TU art major I. M. Scared.

Campus security has been mapping out a plan on how extract Dipity from Phillips in time for her to walk at graduation in May, but progress is slow.

Every time they send an officer to the art building, the poor fellow turns back, claiming the dispatcher mistakenly sent him to the engineering building. This confusion has been plaguing the security team for years. But there is hope yet.

“I know I will find my way out of here. Six years of wandering around has taught me a few things. Mostly that a literal psychopath designed half of TU’s buildings to make them complete mazes.”

No word yet on whether or not she has made it out.

Post Author: Brennen Gray