August 18 was a crazy day on the Hill. For the first time in over thirty years the entire first year class moved in on one day. These students, greeted by more than 100 student leaders and countless other community members represented the culmination of a multi-year project to standardize the orientation experience. This change was the result of the (probably correct) belief that pre-orientation, once a niche experience for some first-years, was becoming exclusionary, and students who were not participating were being left with an on-campus orientation experience that was generally seen as lackluster. While this was a serious undertaking that was never going to be seamless in the first iteration, the team that worked together to plan and execute these trips did a phenomenal job.
Caroline Harrington '16
Two weeks ago, a new crop of first-years showed up on the Hill to crowds of cheering AA, OA and XA leaders. The enthusiastic leaders, dressed in Salvation Army’s finest mix of colorful ’80s paraphernalia and ugly hats, welcomed Hamilton’s newest students with their classic signs promising “ice cream for breakfast” and “no bedtimes...."
Sophia Wang ’19
Is huddling inside a cold sleeping bag, listening to the scratching sound of roaring wind enjoyable? Probably not....
Hamilton’s newest residence hall also has perhaps one of the most interesting campus histories. Present day Morris House was originally a structure built in 1872 called the Hiram Perry Smith Library, named after an alumnus who owned a successful railroad company and contributed half the cost of the building. The Hiram Perry Smith Library underwent its first renovation 52 years later in 1924 to become the Knox Infirmary, and some four decades later it was converted into Minor Theater. For over half a century Minor Theater was home to theater productions on the Hill, but after the construction of The Kevin and Karen Kennedy Center for Theatre and the Studio Arts in 2014, the administration decided to convert the old theater building into a suite-style residence hall.
The past few years have been difficult ones for the Hamilton football team. The 2013 and 2014 campaigns were both winless, and many of the team’s losses were landslides. As the losses stacked up on the gridiron, support for the Continentals dwindled on campus and attendance for home games was the poorest in the NESCAC.