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Student Center set to celebrate anniversary

The MIT community marks the 20th anniversary of the Julius A. Stratton '23 Student Center this Wednesday. Stratton will be present, as performances by student music and drama groups highlight the celebration.

Former MIT President Julius A. Stratton '23 proposed construction of the Student Center in his 1959 inaugural address. Walker Memorial, which served as MIT's student center at that time, was becoming overcrowded as a dining hall and student activities center, he said.

The Institute named the Student Center in honor of Stratton and opened it Oct. 9, 1965. The Second Century Fund, a $66 million capital program, underwrote the construction costs. The fund was devoted to the provision of new facilities for both education and community, basic research, endowment and student aid funds.

Stratton will be present at an ice cream party sponsored by Food Services in the Sala de Puerto Rico. He will cut a cake in the shape of the Student Center donated by the Student Center Committee. Commemorative T-shirts will also be distributed.

The MIT Dramashop, the MIT Brass Ensemble, the Shakespeare Ensemble of MIT and the Musical Theatre Guild will each perform throughout the three and a half hour celebration.

The Wiesner Art Gallery on the second floor of the Student Center will host a photography display which portrays the building at different times during its 20-year history. Steve Burke of the Undergraduate Association (UA) and Andrew Eisenmann '75 of the Student Art Association (SAA) -- both members of the Dean's Office -- and Kenneth M. Flowers '86 of MIT's yearbook Technique coordinated the exhibit.

Barbara Fienman, campus activities director, is coordinating the celebration. Burke worked with the Technology Community Association (TCA), Alpha Phi Omega (APO) and the SAA.

Jeanette Mitrano planned the Dramashop and theater presentations. Rim Cothren G, head of the Lecture Series Committee (LSC), donated promotional services on behalf of LSC. TCA and APO arranged for the silkscreening of the T-shirts and the UA donated money for the balloons and decorations.

The schedule of the day's activities is as follows:

O+ 12-2:30 pm: Free make-your-own ice cream sundae party in the Sala de Puerto Rico (sponsored by Food Services). Stratton will cut the cake (donated by SCC) at approximately 12:30 pm.

O+ 1-2 pm: MIT Dramashop will perform an "Actor's Workshop" in the Sala de Puerto Rico.

O+ 1-1:30 pm: MIT Brass Ensemble will perform in the Wiesner Art Gallery.

O+ 2:15-3 pm: The Shakespeare Ensemble of MIT will perform in the Wiesner Art Gallery.

O+ 3-3:30 pm: The Musical Theatre Guild will perform selections from "Brigadoon" in the Wiesner Art Gallery.