Monday, January 12, 2015

College Dorm Life in the 70s and 80s: Images from the Archives

BEFORE SMARTPHONES, iTunes and laptops, Champlain students had typewriters, record and cassette tape players, and shared pay phones. A new mini exhibit of images from the College Archives, on display this semester on the first floor of Miller Information Commons, highlights College dorm life in the 1970s and 1980s.

Besides the technological differences, life on campus was more regulated -- especially for women. Dorms were single-sex, students had curfews, and visitors (including fellow students of the same gender) were only allowed in common areas, during certain hours. Resident house mothers, the precursors to today's head residents, enforced the rules. Colleges across the country established strict policies like these following cultural expectations for them to act in loco parentis, or on behalf of parents. Curfews and visitation hours were relaxed by the late 1970s and eventually abolished, disappearing along with pay phones, record players, and typewriters.

Students had fun regardless, and they brought a sense of style to their dorm rooms. The resident of this room decorated her bed and windows with a coordinating rainbow-themed set:

Unidentified dorm room, c. 1980-1985, Champlain College Archives

Stop by MIC to see some great shots of students studying in their rooms, using pay phones, and goofing off together. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Great reads for the holiday!

Stop by the Library and check out our Holiday Reading display!  With finals almost over, and the semester wrapping up, it's the perfect time to curl up with a good book....Happy Holidays from the Library!

Monday, December 8, 2014

The American House fire in downtown Burlington, December 1906

On a bitter cold December morning in 1906, crowds gathered at the corner of Main and St. Paul Streets as a catastrophic fire swept through Burlington's premier hotel, the American House. Local photographer B. Benton Barker rushed over from his studio and home on College Street to capture the scene. He soon published his images of billowing smoke, firefighters, and spectators in a series of postcards that he sold.

"American House Fire, Dec 16 '06," by B. Benton Barker, 
Llewellyn Collection #2010.1.581

According to the Burlington Weekly Free Press of December 20, 1906, the hotel was gutted, and one hotel guest died. Several street-level shops and apartments at the rear of the building were also destroyed. Only a portion of the structure, the eastern section fronting on Main Street, survived the fire; it now contains the Flynn Theatre's FlynnSpace as well as several stores. In 1911, the Hotel Vermont, now the Vermont House, was constructed on the corner site. Another Burlington photographer, Charles H. Bessey, shot the Hotel Vermont soon after its construction was completed.

"Hotel Vermont, Burlington, Vt." by Charles H. Bessey, 1911, 
Llewellyn Collection #2010.1.607

These postcards, and many more, are included in a new exhibit featuring Benton and Barker's work in Perry Hall, which will be on view through early February.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Inaugural Ugly Sweater Contest - Judging starts Monday, December 8th at 3pm!

The Inaugural Ugly Sweater Contest

Hosted by the Champlain College Library

In-person competition: Monday, December 8th, 2014 3:00-3:45pm, outside of the Tower Room on the 1st floor

If you can’t make it, compete online! Submit a photo of you in your ugly sweater by tweeting @champlib with #champsweater or post to our Champlain College Library Facebook page with #champsweater! Deadline is Sunday, December 7th at 5pm in order to be included in the slideshow for People’s Choice.

Eligibility: All members of the Champlain College community – students, staff, and faculty alike!

Rules: You must wear a sweater, sweatshirt, or sweater vest. Turtlenecks and long or short-sleeved t-shirts will not be accepted. You may wear such items underneath an ugly sweater/sweatshirt/vest. You may add to or alter your ugly sweater – lights, noisemakers, etc. are all fair game! However, accessories like hats, jewelry or other festive attire will not be considered. An item must be attached to your ugly sweater for eligibility.
You need not be present to win, but in-person participation is encouraged! Winners will be announced in the following categories:
  • General: The Ugliest of All
  • Holiday: Christmas, Halloween, Valentine's Day - you get the picture!
  • People's Choice: Voting for all entries received online and those present onsite will take place in person from 3 to 3:30.
Prizes: We’re offering small gift certificates to several downtown businesses – and of course, bragging rights.

Come for study break goodies and hot cocoa and cider. Take a few minutes to relax, have a laugh, and recharge before diving back into your finals week.

Your humble judges are Andy Burkhardt, Joanna Jordan, and Lindsey Rae (and yes, we’re ineligible, but we just may wear our own ugly sweaters in solidarity!).

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Celebrating the new David L Cooperrider Appreciative Inquiry Center

On Saturday, Champlain celebrated the opening of the David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry. Want to learn more about Appreciative Inquiry? Stop by the display at the main desk in Miller Information Commons and check out a book on the topic!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Victory Parade, 1918

Ninety-six years ago, on November 11, 1918, a victory parade was held in downtown Burlington to mark the end of World War I. This postcard from Champlain's Llewellyn Collection of Vermont History commemorates the moment when crowds gathered to watch soldiers march up Church Street. The following year, November 11 would become a national holiday honoring veterans, now known as Veterans Day.

Postcard of 1918 Victory Parade by C.H. Bessey, 
Llewellyn Collection #2010.1.517

C.H. Bessey, the photographer who took this image, was probably standing in an upper-story window of what was then the Ethan Allen Fire House, now the Firehouse Gallery for Burlington City Arts. He aimed his camera down Church Street towards its intersection with Main Street. The three-story building on the corner with the flat roof, the 1876-1877 Exchange Block at 150-154 Church Street, remains standing.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Pres. Laackman's Meaningful Books List

Did you miss President Laackman’s book talk? Here are his choices:

Thucydides - Peloponnesian War
Jane Austen - Persuasion
Mark Helprin - Winter's Tale
Neal Stephenson - The Diamond Age
Stephen Covey - Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
Thomas Neff - You're In Charge - Now What?
David Eggers - Hologram for the King
Andrew Solomon - Far From the Tree
Rohinton Mistry - A Fine Balance
William Shakespeare - King Lear