In what seems like a twice-per-decade occurrence, students are involved in an effort to revitalize The Log, which, apparently, has lay virtually dormant since 2007. Sometimes these efforts will go strong for a year, but inevitably interest / enthusiasm seems to wane as the generation motivated enough to establish a new tradition (which oftentimes is quite popular) graduates. More details, and a petition drive, can be located at the Willipedia page on point.
If President Falk wants to make an instant impact on campus, some creative thinking about how to better utilize one of the very best, if not the best, social spaces on campus would be a great place to start: in particular, some sort of mechanism to keep momentum and funding in place from year to year would be ideal … perhaps using The Log more during the early weeks of First Year, to establish its value early on in students’ tenure at Williams. No student space has remotely the same character or history, not to mention a perfect location on Spring Street.
Fortunately, it seems like there is a lot of student enthusiasm and commitment behind this latest effort. Maybe Ephbloggers with fond Log memories could share their thoughts on the best past uses of the The Log? A history of what has worked, and what hasn’t, over the years at the Log might help guide current students in their efforts. The biggest problem will, of course, always be the drinking age, which is what destroyed the Log as a central part of campus social life, to begin with. Any viable plan for the Log HAS to feature a wide array of options that will be equally attractive whether or not alcohol is involved.
I believe that weekly Pub Trivia, mentioned in the WSO thread, is a great idea that would attract a lot of students to the Log. In the fall, football and pizza / wings Sundays would likely be popular; so would, I imagine, a March Madness set-up. Anyone else have thoughts for ideas that would attract those under and over 21 alike?