May 5, 2010
The College announced that Greylock and Dodd dining halls would close their doors at the end of the semester. The decision was made in order to save the College an estimated $880,000 each year. While closing Driscoll was also considered due to its status as a stand-alone building (“Greylock, Dodd to end service at semester’s close, May 5, 2010), the administration chose to close Greylock in order to save an additional $160,000 per year. The closure of the two dining halls was accompanied by a critical evaluation of the services provided by the three remaining dining halls: Driscoll, Mission Park and Whitmans’.
May 11, 1962
In a piece of exceptionally snarky reporting, the Record announced that it had been banned from Social Council (SC) meetings (“SC Shrouds Self in Secrecy; Cites Snide Reporting,” May 11, 1962). SC was unhappy with the Record after it published a story criticizing SC’s attempt to pass a liquor proposal as “delegated stupidity” and “a masterpiece of political ineptitude.” The editor-in-chief attempted to sneak into the SC’s meeting, but was ultimately ousted by the president upon his discovery midway through the meeting. Objections were reportedly raised to the censure, as SC meetings were by constitution open to the entire student body.
After reviewing a proposal from a group of 22 students to abolish fraternities at the College, then President James P. Baxter III and the Board of Trustees “unconditionally condemned the anti-fraternity plan” (“Fraternity Abolishment Opposed by Trustees,” May 8, 1957). The Trustees issued a statement rejecting the proposal, claiming that, “the social units on campus are serving a useful purpose.” The proposal requested the creation of 15 social units out of the existing dormitory and fraternity systems, but Baxter called the request “totally unrealistic.”
May 12, 1928
The Record reported in that Professor John H. Williams of Harvard University lectured in Jesup Hall on German finances. “’At present there is no economic reason why Germany cannot pay the reparations,’” Williams stated. He expressed great admiration at the “ingenious flexibility” of the Dawes plan, saying that “‘Reparations do not present an insuperable economic problem, and we have gone far towards its solution.’” (“Economist lectures on German finances,” May 12, 1928).