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Tradition of Nonconformity

“Deferred Rushing: The Beginning of the End of Fraternities,” by Henry Bass ’57 completes our series of 1957 reunion essays. Special thanks to Henry for supporting this project and for putting me in contact with the other authors.

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Nikita

Richard Gardella ’57 wrote this essay, entitled “A Mentor Remembered” for the class of 1957 reunion essays. There is a fifth essay in the series, but I have been unable to get a copy.

I contacted the key folks in the Alumni Office about having them publish these essays themselves. There is no doubt that they would do a better job in terms of layout and organization. I also suggested that they continue with these essays in future years and expand the practice to other reunion classes. I have not heard back from them.

UPDATE: Found the last essay! Coming tomorrow.

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Obscure Solemn Rituals

Our third essay from the 50th reunion for the class of 1957 is “How I Managed to Not Change the Fraternity System,” by Peter Elbow ’57. If you aren’t reading all these essays, you are missing out on the most interesting parts of EphBlog. Five hundreds members of the class of 2007 graduate next month. In 2057, many of them will be back for their 50th reunion. I hope and trust that our own Diana Davis ’07 will write an essay on “How I Managed to Not Change Anchor Housing.” Fifty years from now, what essay will you write?

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Phinney’s Folly

“Baxter Hall and the Williams College Class of 1957″ by Robert D. Loevy ’57 is the second essay in our series of 50th reunion reminisces.

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Brash Idea

“The Limits of Reform from Within — A Brash Idea from Undergraduates Turns into Reality” by Dee Gardner ’57 is the first in our series of essays by members of the class of 1957. Read the whole thing. See here for more background on the elimination of fraternities at Williams.

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Reunion Reading

Williams Reunions often feature interesting material: essays and remembrances and surveys that hundreds of students and alumni would be interested in but which, sadly, are rarely made public. I aim to fix that.

Starting tomorrow, I will be posting the essays which are included in the materials for the 50th reunion of the class of 1957. Amazing stuff, much of it directly relevant to my obsession with the history of housing at Williams, especially the end of the fraternity era. Read it all. Thanks to the members of the class for sharing this with us.

Someday, the Alumni Office will realize that information like this should be made public, that (virtually) everything should be posted on the web, that 70 year old Ephs love the idea that we are interested in their memories of Williams. The sooner that day arrives, the better.

UPDATE: Edited to be more polite.

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