Last Look

Benchmark

Big ideas are born at UB, now with a little encouragement from artist Michael Beitz (MFA ’09). His second campus installation—a 40-by-20-foot question-mark-shaped picnic table aptly named “Why?”—sets an inquisitive tone on the lawn of Diefendorf Quad on the South Campus, giving faculty, staff and students a space to gather and ask questions. According to Beitz, there’s nothing more crucial at the present moment than for communities to engage critically and creatively and find points of unity. At UB, “Why?” is one place where that dialogue can begin.