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Raiders of the lost archives, part 5

Horace Goodhue Hall’s famous Superlounge was not always a place to shoot pool and play video games. The room began its life as one of Carleton’s four dining halls when students first occupied the $1.3 million dormitory in 1962.The residence hall was initially called “New Dorm” until President John W.…

Demystifing the names of campus’ buildings

Did you see the new Big Bang Theory episode where Raj and Howard sing about “Thor and Dr. Jones”? It was pretty good. Unlike Dr. Jones, I delve into history without running from boulders or evading Nazis. This week, I’m sharing three more place-name stories about the locations where we…

Sayles Tales, Boliou Portfolio, and Olin

Although some Carleton buildings’ names simply reflect their purpose (e.g., Music Hall and the Recreation Center), many are named for the financial donors who made the facilities’ construction possible. These three examples were garnered from Jarchow and Headley’s 1966 book Carleton: The First Century. Sayles-Hill Campus Center’s Fred Burnett Hill,…

Arena Theater, Carleton’s Mystery Building

Northeast of the Concert Hall sits a box-like structure unbeknownst to most current Carls. The windowless building is neither the entrance to the Chamber of Secrets nor Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, but the defunct Arena Theater in the Music and Drama Center (MDC). Built in early 1970s, the theater hosted plays,…

Raiders of the lost archives: a knight’s tale part two

Last week’s issue featured the revival of this column after its 25- year absence from the pages of The Carletonian. Part One of this story focused on the origins of the Knight, Carleton’s official mascot and athletic nickname adopted in 1950. This Raider’s interest in that topic was piqued during…

A Knight’s Tale: Part 1

This feature is the third incarnation of a column created by Mark A. Greene, Carleton Archivist from 1985 to 1989. Greene’s column, an update of an earlier feature called “The Carletonian Then” ran in 46 issues, mostly covering humorous or intriguing stories from past issues of the ‘Tonian. Staff writer…