Mountain Day

September 28, 2007

“When is it going to be Mountain Day?!” is a refrain/demand I’m hearing from students these days.  As the month of September wanes and turns into October; after the success of the Quad Riot, people are wondering!  The first time we read of Mountain Day is in a diary of student in the Class of 1881.  In the early days of the College Mountain Day is an official holiday announced in the published  calendar!  The current tradition of it being announced at the discretion of the President started in the early 1920s. 

 So, when will the 2007 Mountain be??  With the fickly New England weather this season–your guess is as good as mine!

Welcome Back!

September 7, 2007

Northampton Railroad Station platform in 1901

This week I saw a large number of TVs, futons, plastic containers of clothes, bedding, books, and other assorted ‘student stuff’ make their way into the houses on campus.  I thought it might be fun for you to see what the Northampton Railroad Station looked like in 1901 when Smith students and their belongings came off the trains.  All of these trunks are awaiting delivery to the campus.  Things haven’t changed very much have they? [click on the image to view it in larger format].