Article Category Archives: On the Quad

Index Throwback: Dave Brubeck

Take Five: Dave Brubeck [left] and his ensemble performing at Kalamazoo Central High School in 1974.

When famed jazz band leader Dave Brubeck visited Kalamazoo in 1974, WJMD and The Index were able to sit down for an interview By Katie Schmitz   Dave Brubeck was a famous jazz pianist and composer. His career started in the 1940s, and he gained wider recognition after appearing on the cover of Time Magazine [...]

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Index Throwback: The Feminine Form Takes Shape

By Katie Schmitz The sculpture outside of the Light Fine Arts Building is another aspect of Kalamazoo College’s campus that many students see every day, but not many actually know the history or meaning behind. The sculpture, entitled “Prospect” was made by art Professor Marcia Wood in 1982 for K’s sesquicentennial celebration. The project was [...]

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In case you missed it: What happened at Frelon

By Olivia Nalugya Saturday’s Frelon show was concluded by a student protest about institutional racism as perpetuated by Frelon Dance Company. According to the student protestors, the event was a general call for institutional reform at Kalamazoo College. During the action, Student Commission President Darrin Camilleri ’14 made opening remarks about the need for institutional [...]

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Index Throwback: Williams Hall

Inside: Two Kalamazoo students study for exams in their dorm in the now defunct Williams Hall Dormitory.

Before Trowbridge and Hoben Halls, there was Williams Hall, an all-male dorm completed in 1849 and partially destroyed by fire in 1916. By Katie Schmitz In 1849, construction on a new men’s dormitory, named “Upper Hall,” was completed. The hall was located very close to where Hoben Hall stands today.  The hall was renovated and [...]

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This Week in Kalamazoo History

Photo courtesy of Kalamazoo College Art Collection

By Katie Schmitz Everyone has, no doubt, noticed the large mural in the cafeteria that takes up the whole wall above the entrances. Most people seem to just think of this mural as creepy, often times pointing out the strange and, in some cases, pained looks on the subjects’ faces. Not many stop to appreciate [...]

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A picture from Kʼs first production of the Firebugs in 1964. This image was published in the 1965 issue of The Boiling Pot.

By Katie Schmitz To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Kalamazoo College’s Festival Playhouse, the Theater Program reproduced one of the first plays ever performed here at K, The Firebugs. The play first debuted on the K stage in August of 1964, and was directed by Mrs. Nelda K. Balch. The original article about the [...]

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The Men''s 1938 Championship team, 2 years after the winning streak-started.

By Katie Schmitz As many already know, the Kalamazoo College men’s tennis team has won 75 consecutive MIAA conference championships. This is the longest winning streak record held by in college, in any division, in any sport. According the Men’s Tennis webpage: “The string of championships dates back to 1936. Kalamazoo has won the title [...]

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George and Lenore Romney in the Olmstead Room

By Katie Schmitz Kalamazoo College has hosted many guest speakers in the past who have been considered “controversial.” Just last quarter, many students were up in arms because Ben Shapiro, conservative political commentator, visited campus to discuss bullying by liberals. In 1976, however, K hosted two guests that would likely make many current students’ skin [...]

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George and Lenore Romney in the Olmsted Room in May 1976.

By Katie Schmitz Kalamazoo College has hosted many guest speakers who have been considered “controversial.” Just last quarter, many students were up in arms because Ben Shapiro, conservative political commentator, visited campus to discuss liberal bullying. In 1976, however, K hosted two guests that would likely make many current students’ skin crawl: the Romneys. That’s [...]

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K Competes in Memory of Emily Stillman

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Kalamazoo College has just entered Gift of Life, Michigan’s Campus Challenge in which twelve colleges and universities compete against one other in a six week challenge to see which college can get the most students and faculty and community members registered to become organ donors. This cause particularly hits home to Kalamazoo, because Emily Stillman [...]

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