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January 02, 2018

On This Day in CWRU History: January

Below is month seven of our list of significant dates in CWRU’s history. The list is not comprehensive and we invite suggestions of other dates to include.

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Left: Spook Sonata at Eldred Theatre, 1939; Right: Case men mourn the loss of football, 1954

January 1
1941 Western Reserve University defeated the Arizona State Teachers College in football at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, 26-13. It was the only time that WRU or Case Institute of Technology appeared in a college football bowl game.

January 3
1908 A reception was held in honor of the opening of Mather Gym. It was the first gym devoted solely to Flora Stone Mather College students.

January 5
1970 The first day of Intersession began CWRU’s 7-year experiment with a month-long, voluntary, intensive study of a single topic.

January 7
1950 John S. Millis was inaugurated as Western Reserve University's last president.

January 9
1969 The Glennan Space Engineering Building was dedicated.

January 11
1958 In the first dual swim meet held in Donnell Pool at Emerson Gymnasium, Case Institute of Technology lost to Grove City College.

January 12
1954 Case Institute of Technology students held a "funeral" by burying a deflated football in front of Tomlinson Hall. Case dropped varsity football 62 years after fielding its first team in 1891. Football returned to the Case campus in 1955.

January 13
1995 As reported by The Observer, seven Tippit House female suite mates won the National College Pigsty Search for the messiest dorm room. They were awarded $1000, a professional room cleaning, and a party for 100 friends.

January 16
1985 Six coin-operated digital word processors were installed in Thwing Center. The cost for use was $2.00/hour. Three letter-quality printers were also available which produced paper copy "as good as anything an IBM Selectric can turn out."
1987 The Canadian rock band, The Guess Who, performed at Adelbert Gym as part of the University Program Board's Re-orientation Party. The event was free for undergraduates, $2 for alumni, and $5 for all others.

January 17
1939 Eldred Hall's new theater addition opened with a production of Spook Sonata.
1991 First Master of Non-Profit Organizations degree conferred.

January 18
1968 The Constitution of the CWRU chapter of the American Association of University Professors was approved, combining the Western Reserve University and Case Institute of Technology chapters.

January 19
1995 Poet Nikki Giovanni was the keynote speaker at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation.

January 20
1912 Case School of Applied Science played its first varsity basketball game, losing to Oberlin College, 37-25.

January 24
1888 Western Reserve University Trustees established the College for Women, which was later renamed in honor of Flora Stone Mather.
1888 Hiram C. Haydn was inaugurated as Western Reserve University's fifth president.
1998 CWRU fraternity Zeta Beta Tau held its first annual fundraising "Casino Night" at Thwing Ballroom.

January 26
1972 In its first varsity game, CWRU’s women’s basketball team was defeated by Oberlin 34-30

January 27
1912 In their first meeting, Western Reserve University beat Case School of Applied Science in varsity basketball, 29-19.

January 29
1993 As reported by The Observer, Undergraduate Admissions implemented a new electronic application process on an MS-DOS computer disk. Included on the disk was information about financial aid, dorm life, and maps of University Circle.

January 30
1976 Held at Strosacker Auditorium, the first 24-hour Science Fiction Film Marathon began with a showing of The Day the Earth Stood Still. Other films included Fahrenheit 451, The Andromeda Strain, Metropolis, and The Time Machine. Admission was $1.
2003 Edward M. Hundert was inaugurated as CWRU's sixth president.

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Left: WRU Sun Bowl football program, 1941; Right: Nikki Giovanni at Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation, 1995

On This Day in CWRU HIstory: July
On This Day in CWRU HIstory: August
On This Day in CWRU History: September
On This Day in CWRU History: October
On This Day in CWRU History: November
On This Day in CWRU History: December

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