October 28, 2005

Communication Technology

Wiser and more eloquent folk than I have commented on the increasingly rapid pace of changes in communication technology. Within the context of dormitory life, I find the gap between three dates interesting. Guilford House acquired its first telephone in 1894. Approximately 90 years later the dormitories were wired for CWRUnet, the campus network. Less than 20 years after that, wireless communication is the choice of approximately 80% of incoming students. It maybe a cliché, but it makes me wonder what kind of new communication pattern will prevail in student residences in 10 years.
Jill Tatem
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October 05, 2005

New Dorms

When Case Institute of Technology opened its first dorms in the 50s, they were considered pretty state of the art. The first and last quotations on the Case Dorms page of the scrapbook are interesting when compared with the description of the Village at 115 on the Housing and Residence Life site.

We have noticed that talk of the new facility and all its amenities really inspires people who have lived in dorms in the past to compare the places they've lived to this new dorm, and to remember stories about their dorm life.

Heather Arnold Henderson
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September 16, 2005

Learn by Doing?

During the Case for Community Day, I was talking to two alums. When I asked if they had lived in dorms and mentioned the Dorm Life project, they both began telling me some of their recollections. One involved an unfortunate meeting of a hot curling iron and a bedspread and the resulting notoriety of having caused an unpleasant evacuation of the dorm. The other I’m still trying to figure out. It had something to do with a beer keg and lengths of hose and principles of hydraulics. I think there was chemistry involved somehow. Application of classroom lessons to real life needs, I guess. I urged both alums to share their stories. Both seemed strangely reluctant to associate their mature and responsble selves with these memorable student learning experiences. Go figure.
Jill Tatem
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August 09, 2005

Technology is relative

Technology is a relative term. When Pierce Hall first opened in 1882, there were no bathrooms - a privy was outside. To students of an earlier era, plumbing and electricity (things taken for granted today) were a great technology. College students also survived as recently as 10 years ago without cell phones, laptops, iPods, and PDA's. What kinds of "technology" did you have in your dorm? typewriters? TV's? a phonograph or stereo? just a lamp and a radio?

Helen Conger
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