This Week in Flat Hat History (Feb. 2)

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February 6, 2007

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1928
Washington Hall, the College’s “beautiful new $200,000 academic building,” opened for the first time. It was named after President George Washington, who was licensed by the College as a surveyor in 1749. The new building housed the department of biology.

1976
The administration reversed a policy change that would have taken away the exemption of language house residents from the lottery process. The change was considered amid a severe housing crunch.

1980
The Flat Hat reported that the fenced-off tunnels in front of the
Campus Center had been built as an underpass to allow students to safely cross Jamestown Road. The tunnel was closed due to rumors of assaults and rapes in the tunnel and because many students found crossing the street on top easier.

1996
The State Internal Auditor accused College President Timothy Sullivan of violating state regulations because he served sherry, an alcoholic drink, at weekly staff meetings. Sullivan pointed out that the tradition of serving sherry at staff gatherings dated back to 1703.
“[James Blair] inaugurated the practice of having regular meetings over tea, sherry and tea cakes,” Sullivan said. “It struck me as such a good idea that I can’t believe other presidents didn’t do it.”

2000
The first opening of the coffeehouse that is now the Daily Grind was delayed a week due to snow. The name of the Daily Grind was later selected by students.

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