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  1. Jim Merz says:

    There is a minor branch of history of which most people are unaware — the history of things that never happened. I can contribute a small chapter to this branch of history.

    When I was Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research, and Dean of the Graduate School (1996-2001), I brought forward to the university authorities a plan to convert Crowley Hall to a Graduate Student Center, similar to Dudley House at Harvard (1) and similar centers at other eminent universities. The proposal was originated by my close colleague and friend, Associate Vice President Tony Hyder. It included detailed plans for various meeting venues and facilities that would bring together graduate students from many different disciplines to provide them with an enriching intellectual atmosphere while immersed in the highly-focussed discipline of writing a Ph.D. dissertation. Plans were underway for the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, and it was widely believed that the music department would move from Crowley to DPAC. To my chagrin, this proposal had few supporters, and emerged stillborn, never seeing the light of day. The music department still occupies Crowley Hall.

    (1) Dudley House, The Graduate Student Center
    Dudley House is where the GSAS community comes together for socials, meals, lectures, and other events. Located in Harvard Yard and about a ten-minute walk from the residence halls, Dudley House serves the extracurricular needs of students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Services and facilities include Cafe Gato Rojo, a dining hall, meeting space for student organizations and teaching fellows, computer/printing facilities, a library/reading room, a game room, and lockers. Of special note, GSAS students who serve as Dudley House Fellows plan activities throughout the academic year, including lectures, dinners, dances, social events, movies, films, theatre, and music.

    For more information, please visit the Dudley House webpage.