The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum is Completed
Altogether, there are four separate dining rooms each with an adjacent lounge. There is at once a formal magnificience which is striking and at the same time a relaxed informal ambience, enhanced by high ceilings and spacious rooms. Unquestionably, this is a special building - a place to learn from eminent scholars such as Bruno Bettelheim, and Elie Wiese!, or to relax with not-so-eminent friends over coffee. The Oriental Room, the Old English Dining Room, each distinctive and yet lending to the whole, promising to make the Athenaeum a novel institution at CMC, and unique among the Claremont Colleges.
While the new Athenaeum has taken over the duties of the old, it is so vastly different in both size and function that pointing to similarities proves unhelpful. The differences, however, are important, and most crucial is the vision that the planners have of the use of this new addition to CMC life. The Athenaeum is a place for students, a home for lively conversation and eager thought. Gaping initially in stupefaction, after walking through the building this soon changes to contentment, and one eases back into the extremely comfortable chairs confident that this will be an oft-used place.
In addition to hosting speakers, teas, theme dinners, and club meetings, the Athenaeum will be serving special brunches the first Sunday of every month, commencing October 2. Please feel free to contact us at the Athenaeum, be it with comment, suggestion, or question. This is the inaugural year both for the Athenaeum and those running it, and we would appreciate your help. The new phone number of the Athenaeum is x8244.
GLENN KRAEMER '84
Since his work was selected to be read at the 25th anniversary of the United Nations in San Francisco, the poet then at the tender age of eighteen, Stan Rice has immersed himself in the literary world, earning a Masters degree from San Francisco State University. In the "Golden Gate" city, Mr. Rice has made his mark both as creator and mentor, currently serving as Director of a Poetry Workshop, and teaching classes at his Alma Mater.
Anne Rice is a best-selling novelist, her first work being Interview with the Vampire (1976). Her other works, The Feast of all Saints (1980), and Cry to Heaven (1982), demonstrate this artist to be concerned with exotic worlds, communities of strange peoples which have an internal 'logic' which is elaborately structured (though so vastly different from what we at CMC deem reality). The characters and situations of her works operate within highly developed societies, honed with an imagination that has brought critical and financial success to each of Ms. Rice's other-worldly ventures.
The Rice's will honor the new Athenaeum as the first Visiting Fellows, arriving here on Monday, September 26, and staying through till Wednesday, the 28th. There will be a reception at 5:30 and dinner at 6:00 for this literary duo on the 26th, featuring a poetry reading by Mr. Rice. If you are interested in expanding your cultural horizon, please turn in the tear-off below no later than Friday, September 23.