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Are there ghosts at Wofford?

Reprinted from the November 1, 1991 Old Gold and Black Back in 1991, I was an occasional staff writer for the Old Gold and Black, and my friend and editor Russ Singletary asked me to look into ghost stories at the college.  I didn’t find much, but what I found wound up in this article.  […]

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Greene Hall – 60 years and counting

So it turns out, I missed an anniversary last year. Greene Hall, the oldest residence hall on the campus, turned 60 in the fall of 2010.  For some reason, I convinced myself that the venerable old dorm opened in 1951, but a check of the Walter Kirkland Greene Residence Hall file proved me wrong. Greene […]

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Mom Helms

A house mother? That term might sound very quaint, or even archaic, to students today. The idea that an older woman, older than your mom, would be living in an apartment in your residence hall, would supervise or be a part of dorm life, seems a little strange. In fact, I’m not sure students today […]

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ROTC at Wofford

I’m reposting the story I wrote in the Spring 2011 Wofford Today here with some of the images – some of which didn’t make the magazine. By providing students with the opportunity to serve their country, exercise leadership on the campus, and represent the college in the community and elsewhere, ROTC has been a significant […]

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Baseball Games from 1902

The Wofford College Journal provided something of a season round-up in this June 1902 story.               Our base ball team went to Knoxville, Tenn. where they played two games with the University of Tennessee on April 25 and 26, respectively.  A local paper at Knoxville remarked that the “Varsity expected to live on Easy Street […]

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Students and Politics

A few weeks back, a researcher asked me if we had any records about black student activism at Wofford in the late 1960s.  I didn't turn up a lot of information, but I found a few news clippings tha I shared.   I found this one especially interesting.  Some Wofford students visited a neighboring college […]

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Fraternity Houses – from the “Old Bull Session”

I used to think the Old Black and Blue was a fairly recent innovation, but I've discovered the students enjoyed putting out a spring spoof edition of the Old Gold and Black for some time.  In one of the oral history tapes I posted recently, D. F. Patterson talked about an article in one of […]

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Literary Societies

Today has been sort of a clean-up day around my desk.  The papers had piled up – all sorts of items and files from the different aspects of my job.  The credenza beside my desk, which I got so that I'd have more room for processing papers here in my office, had turned into a […]

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Fitting School Scrapbook

This is a scrapbook maintained by Wofford Fitting School student William Hall Lander during his senior year at the fitting school.  Wofford's preparatory school, which closed in 1924, was designed to prepare high school age students for admission to Wofford.  During World War I, the student body of the fitting school and the college became […]

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Thoughts about the Class of 1960

We had our annual opening convocation earlier today, where the faculty dress in academic regalia and we gather as a community to start the academic year.  Of course, classes started 10 days ago, but ceremonially, at least now we're under way for the 157th time.   And now that things are underway, we'll soon be […]

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