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Fraternity Houses, the 1897 version

I found this gem in the October 1897 issue of the Wofford College Journal: Four of Wofford’s Greek-letter fraternities are now installed in convenient chapter houses.  The Kappa Sigmas and Kappa Alphas occupy their old quarters in the Cleveland cottages.  The S. A. E.’s have obtained the Archer house for their use and the Chi […]

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Food Riots

Now, I’m not sharing this bit of Wofford’s history to encourage anyone, especially today’s students, to do anything in particular.  In fact, let me say this at the outset: please don’t start a food fight in Burwell or anywhere else if you read this.  Or as they say on TV, don’t try this at home. […]

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The Women Before There Were Women

After a vote by the Board of Trustees in October 1975, the college admitted its first women resident students in the fall of 1976. Sometimes that gets shortened, somewhat inaccurately, to a statement that Wofford only began to admit women students in 1976. While it’s true that those first resident women students experienced Wofford in […]

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Tuition Receipt, 1915

We’ve been cleaning up a little around the archives this week – filing materials that have recently arrived, putting files back where they belong after a researcher used them, and generally trying to bring some order out of chaos.  As always, I see something interesting that I feel like sharing on the blog. Here’s a […]

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A Cartoon from the Journal, 1915

Flipping through The Wofford College Journal from 1915, I came across this cartoon that depicts some of the events surrounding the end of the school year. Though a century ago, it does suggest that some things are timeless in the academy.    

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Fraternity Houses

Those houses have been there, like, forever, right? Forever is a long time, obviously, though on a college campus, 59 years might as well be forever. And that’s how long the current fraternity row has been standing on its current site. In the spring of 1955, then Dean of Students Robert Brent proposed to the […]

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The Isle of Tranquility in an Age of Turbulence

This morning I posted a student honors thesis from 1981 to our digital repository.  It’s a study of student life at Wofford in the 1960s and 1970s by David Morgan, who went on to a distinguished career as a professor of French at Furman. The title “The Isle of Tranquility” was apparently coined by President […]

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A century ago – reinstating football

It’s a well-known story at Wofford that the Terriers played the first intercollegiate football game in South Carolina, defeating Furman University’s team on December 14, 1889.  So, our game against Furman this fall will mark the 125th anniversary of that first meeting, though not the 125th time the two teams have played.  I’ll have more […]

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The Flight Record and the Army at Wofford

When World War II came to Wofford, it brought major changes to the student body. As the number of students at Wofford and similar colleges declined rapidly, administrators began to fear for the future of their colleges.  How does a college that is heavily dependent on tuition survive when the students go off to war? The […]

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Fitting School Students

The Wofford Fitting School is one of those mysterious entities that causes an occasional question. The Fitting School was a preparatory school that operated on the Wofford Campus and on a nearby campus for a number of years.  It closed in 1924, but before then, it was designed to prepare, or fit, students for entry […]

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