This Week in Flat Hat History (March 18)
March 18, 2008
John Stewart Bryan, vice-rector of the College, presented a tablet to the College in honor of French casualties of the siege of Williamsburg in the Revolutionary War. Festivities took place by the west side of the Wren Building where the United States Navy Band entertained onlookers before Bryan spoke to the crowd.
The celebrated Virginia pianist Marjorie Mitchell presented the fifth program of the year in the William and Mary concert series. The performance took place March 19 at Phi Beta Kappa Hall.
Two new attendance records were set by the College’s Theater Department with their production of Cole Porter’s “Kiss Me Kate.” Over 2,200 people attended the musical over its three-night run.
Phi Beta Kappa auditorium, which seats 805, was sold out for two of the three nights. The previous record was for Brecht’s “The Threepenny Opera” several years before, with attendance slightly over 1,900.
College officials decided to make Taliaferro Hall co-educational, and for the first time in the College’s history, some freshman lived among members of the opposite sex. Forty-four men lived on the first two floors, a mere nine women housed in the third -floor attic.