Within these ropes lies the only fresh air in all of Berkeley. Breath deeply and don’t exhale till you get back to your room. What does this sign even mean!?

Image source: Robert Frawley, Daily Cal

Yudof said:
Jul 5, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Great reporting. It’s where the building gets its air, so if you smoke near there, everybody in the building is smoking, too.

sara said:
Jul 5, 2012 at 12:59 pm

It means that the area is next to an intake valve for a building. If people smoke next to it, then the smoke gets sucked into the ventilation system for the building, causing all of the rooms inside to smell like smoke (especially bad if those rooms have no windows!). Believe me, these are a good thing for those who don’t want their office to constantly smell of pot smoke!

festuca said:
Jul 6, 2012 at 11:20 am

What does this sign even mean!? I prep skool English lit major Frat guy at big college & still cannot understand pairing of pictures & words. In LA we make fun of things we don’t understand, like clean air…