Index Throwback: Trowbridge House is Now Occupied, 85 Girls Are Rooming in New Dormitory

Curated by Katie Schmitz, News Editor

Article taken from Number 1 Volume 24 of The Index published on September 24, 1925.

With the opening of College this fall, Trowbridge House, a $150,000 dormitory, and the latest addition to the campus, is ready for occupancy. A two month delay in the building program nearly caused disappointment for fac- ulty and students alike.

Dr. Hoben is very proud of this structure. He points out that Albert Kahn, architect for the building has,
not only, been able to furnish a building capable of rooming 85 girls, with dining room capacities for 150, but he has pre- served the home atmosphere through- out. From the dignified and beautifully furnished living room with the solarium adjoining, and throughout the whole structure the home atmosphere prevails. The exterior of the building in its beauti- ful setting of trees further carries out this spirit of hospitality.

Mrs. Barbara Mead is matron of this home for the girls, succeeding Mrs. Archibald Wheaton, who served in this capacity for 22 years. With the opening of Trowbridge House, the use of Ladies’ Hall for a men’s dormitory is made pos- sible, and all roomsthere will be occu- pied by men. With the men residing in William’s Hall, this means that there will be 125 men living on campus this year.

Channel 22 Now Accessible for Online Streaming

By Sarah Wallace, A & E Editor

From its launch three years ago, Kalamazoo College’s cable channel, Channel 22, will likely be rapidly broadening its viewers. Funded by the Office of Student Involvement (OSI), Channel 22 plans to become available to students online.

Channel 22 is a continuously running movie channel for any student on campus with a television connected to K’s cable. The website works similarly to a Netflix account, minus any additional fees. With plenty of genres to choose from including comedy or drama, it’’s simple to select a movie from recent ones that have played on Channel 22.

The Director of OSI, Brian Dietz, expects the new option will prove even more popular than its televised counterpart, since any student with a laptop and a Kalamazoo College ID address will be able to access it.

Replying to why online streaming for the channel is just becoming available now, Dietz said, “Well, because [streaming] became an option. K College is one of the first schools that have adopted this option for its students. The OSI is really excited about having this new expansion.”

The movies selected to play on Channel 22 have been determined by students since the channel was established. Each month, there are around ten movies that are added to the list of movies to select to stream online. Students can send movie suggestions to Christina Fritz via email at

OSI aims to have the channel’s website up and running by the week of October 7th.

StuComm Brief

By Allison Tinsey, Editor-in-Chief

During the executive reports, six first-years took their oath of office after being elected in last week’s election. Two subcommittees were created, business and residential life. The Business Subcommittee will deal exclusively with the Business Office and Vice President for Business and Finance Jim Prince. The Residential Life Subcommittee will work with RAs to gage student attitudes and sentiments as they interact with students more closely than the Commission. They will also work to formalize the relationship and mission between the Commission and residential life.

After Sophomore Commissioner Ogden Wright expressed concerns in the procedure of choosing non-commissioners to work on sub-committees, Secretary of Finance Kelly Ohlrich cited that due to a lack of continuity across campus groups, the people appointed are likely to change year to year, but the goal is to keep these members involved over the remainder of their time at K. Four non-commissioners were appointed to be involved with subcommittees including Community Council and the Student Life Advisory Committee.

Student Commission discussed buying BrandK compliant apparel for all the commissioners. Vice President Cameron Goodall questioned the efficacy and high cost of the apparel. Junior Commissioner Emily Sklar remarked that StuComm’s former apparel was noticeable on campus. More questions were raised about the transparency and elitism of the Commission.

“We are the student government of Kalamazoo College. There is a difference between what we do and what other student organizations do,” said President Camilleri. With a 13-10 vote, $1100 was allocated to spend on StuComm sweaters. However, the Commission is seeking a cheaper alternative.

Incoming first-years present challenges, opportunity for creativity

By Allison Tinsey, Editor-in-Chief

Pictured above are representatives from the different holding the flags of their respective countries during the Convocation procession of international flags. To the right, first year students walk through lines of faculty and staff as they are formally welcomed to the College.

Convocation 2013 (Photos by Jeff Palmer)

On Wednesday, September 11, 2013, 455 first-years matriculated into Kalamazoo College as the largest class the College has seen in many years. The pressure of preserving the K experience was felt as the phenomenon known as the “summer melt” yielded less students than usual.

Associate Dean of Students Dana Jansma said, “It says awesome things about K because admissions didn’t change standards, just more of the [admitted students] chose K.”

The Office of Residential Life was set with the task of accommodating the large number of students. Sixty-two juniors were allowed to live off-campus this year, additional beds were ordered, and students were strategically matched with roommates by hand as they always are.

“We were very attentive to creating the best matches possible…because there is not a lot of wiggle room to make changes,” Jansma continued, “We want people to feel like they have comfortable spaces.”

Ted Witryk and the Registrar Office worked with the provost to make sure that K provided enough classes without compromising small class sizes across all academic interests.

“We took the opportunity to increase the number of courses and faculty instead of just shoving more students into pre-existing classes. We’ve opened the opportunity to do things that the College has not done before,” Witryk said. The registrar plans to continue to work on improving scheduling for labs so that the space and time may be utilized more effectively.

Dean of the First-Year and of Advising Zaide Pixley, who coordinates the First-Year Experience program, said, “[We asked] what classes do we need?…and looking to next quarter and seeing what current students need, including seniors.”

Dean Pixley also cited that after the initial shock of the size of the Class of 2017 dies down the College will be “hyper vigilant” of the ways it accommodates all current students. “It gives us the opportunity to be creative and solve unscripted problems,” stated Dean Pixley.