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Bright spot on campus

Published: Fri, September 18, 2009 @ 12:01 a.m.


LIGHTING UP THE SKYLINE: The AT&T Tower on the campus of Youngstown State University now showcases a brightly lit YSU logo. The sign will light up the skyline around the university at night. The new lighted design was officially unveiled at a press conference Thursday night.

The tower can be seen for miles around the university.



YOUNGSTOWN — Anyone in the Youngstown area not sure where the Youngstown State University campus is located will have much less trouble finding it now.

YSU officials and representatives from AT&T came together on the lawn of the campus green Thursday for the official lighting of the new “YSU” logo on top of the 180-foot AT&T tower on the campus. By 8:30 p.m. the big, bright red and black logo could be seen for miles in all directions approaching the campus.

The AT&T Tower, located on Phelps Street near the intersection of Rayen Avenue, is virtually surrounded by the YSU campus. Over the past several weeks, the tower was painted white and topped with lighted letters 8-feet-by-20-feet in size.

Ron Cole, director of campus communications, said the lighted tower will serve a purpose.

It will “showcase the skyline of the city and show YSU’s connection to the city and the valley as a whole,” said Cole. “This will be a true asset to the downtown area.”

The lighting ceremony was the result of a dream and nearly a decade of planning by Youngstown State University President Dr. David Sweet.

Shortly after Sweet’s arrival at YSU in the summer of 2000, he initiated discussions as to the feasibility of painting and affixing letters atop the tower. In December 2007, Sweet met with AT&T representatives to move discussions on the project forward.

“This project is an example of how persistence, positive attitudes and partnerships can produce outstanding and far-reaching results,” said Dr. Sweet. “The tower will stand as a beacon for visitors to the campus and the city of Youngstown. I want to thank AT&T for its commitment to YSU and the entire Mahoning Valley.”

Tom Pelto, AT&T president, said the company is donating the space atop the tower to the university at no cost. He said the tower was erected in 1969 as a functional tower for long-distance transmission and there was little need for beautification.

“We have waited a long time for this evening. We have converted an eyesore into an icon,” said Pelto. “It is an honor to join with Dr. Sweet and the Youngstown community to celebrate the lighting of this welcoming symbol highlighting a true gem of this community.”

The project was paid for with $160,000 in charitable donations of cash or services.



1bobhogue(102 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

I suppose it won't be long before someone posts something negative about the new signs, so I'll put in a positive note while I can. I am proud of our university, and I'm glad that its logo is now a part of the cityscape.

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2dand1313(20 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

so I guess anyone who objects or offers a different opinion is not proud of the university? similat to if you don;t fly the american flag your unpatriotic. I think ANY sign that dominates a skyline like this one is an uneeded obstruction. I think sweet's "persistence" should be focused on more important issues facing our university. the symbolic connection to the community can be furthered with more increased direct involvement and participation.how commercial advertisement via "billboard" signage is a true asset to the community is beyond me. "GO PENGUINS"!

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3aeparish(669 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

While I agree with you by saying that 14k is impressive, the only reason why it's so high is because of the fact that we're in a recession -- people lost jobs and now they need additional education to find new ones.

Regardless, I think the tower provides an aesthetic appeal to downtown. I'm not old enough to know Youngstown back when it was thriving, but even looking back on the past 20 years, there was once a time when downtown was lit beautifully at night. I by no means think that the tower is going to bring Youngstown back to what it once was, but at least it's a step in the right direction.

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4jetercp(67 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

is this seriously the best picture the vindicator could publish?
this is why i left ytown... small town, with very narrow-minded small town values, and small town quality.

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5valleyred(1103 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

Looks awesome!

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6Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

Looks awesome....and jetercp, your town is paradise, huh?

also jetercp, here is another pic, hope it's ok...


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7TB(1167 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

How much did tuition go up this year and/or last year?

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8NoBS(2763 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

TB, what do you care? If it affected you, you'd know.

The state was talking about keeping tuition rates the same - no raise in tuition. I don't know if they finalized it or not, but I do know they were talking about it. Maybe they made it so, and tuitions haven't gone up at all. Would that make you happy?

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9TB(1167 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

I care because I'll be going back to school.

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