July 15, 2008

Mather Dorms

One of the largely forgotten oddities of CWRU's dormitory history is that the residences for the College for Women (later Flora Stone Mather College) were not operated by the college, or even the university, for the first 40 years. The Advisory Council had the sole responsibility for operating the dorms until 1929. Through the 1940s, the AC shared that responsibility with the university's accounting and purchasing offices. The Advisory Council was a remarkable group of women whose service to Mather College extended beyond its residential life. Some additional details are at Mather Groups

Jill Tatem
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October 18, 2005


In the mid-1980s, when I worked in Western Reserve College (does anyone remember Western Reserve College?), I made one of my work-study students take me to the north-side dorms and other hang-outs for the students (like The Spot in Leutner) and I had another student take me to the south-side dorms, so I could see what the housing was like here. At that time, even though there had been integrated housing on campus for a long time (integrated meaning Case and Reserve students could live together in the same dorm), it was still mostly Case students in the south-side dorms and mostly Western Reserve students in the north-side dorms. How did you feel about that? Did you feel the College distinctiveness should carry over to housing?

Helen Conger
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August 18, 2005

Favorite Traditions

In our Dormlife Scrapbook, we have a page about dormitory traditions that shows move-in day, the men of Adelbert serenading the women of Mather, the Southside Olympics, the Inter-Dorm dance, a holiday celebration, and a softball game between rival dorms.

Do you have memories of any of these events? What dormitory traditions were special to you?

Heather Henderson
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