Campanile springs forward

Campanile clock setting

Did you climb 79 spiraling stair steps in a claustrophobic space to reprogram your clock for daylight saving time? That's what it takes to keep the four clock faces of the campanile accurate. Mark Reddish, systems control technician in facilities planning and management, uses a computer system to keep the clocks -- and the automatic lights and bell chimes -- in sync. Fortunately, it also allows him to program the switch in advance (pictured last Friday).

Sometimes a physical fix of the clock face is required, usually the result of strong winds that knock the hands off their marks. That's when it becomes a two-person job. Reddish can manually adjust the gears on each clock face independently, but he needs a coworker to confirm the correct position from an outside view. Photo by Bob Elbert.