who vandalized the wild grasses?
Actually, my guess is that the university itself did it. Here they were, growing all during the construction of the new library; distracting us with their wild and flagrant beauty. But the construction is over, and the powers that be are concentrating on controlled, rigid landscaping. The parking lots (now paved) are filling up. Maybe somebody complained about a snake.
One battle lost in the war to re-establish some balance between wild nature, and rigid landscaping. I myself side with the snakes- they after all keep the mice and rats at bay.