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Editor: Deborah Bonito '85

Management and staff of the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum extend an enthusiastic welcome to incoming and returning students and faculty. We want to emphasize from the start that our foremost goal this year is to maximize student and faculty use of CMC's unique facility. In other words, we hope that each student and facuity member will participate in an Athenaeum event at least once a week! The building is beautiful, comfortable, and air-conditioned, and the food and service are great. Need we say more?


CMC has been endowed with a facility completely unlike that of any other United States college. Our Athenaeum is multi-roomed and its functions are multi-faceted. Activities range from regularly scheduled informal teas to dinner speakers and programs which accommodate 30-150 people to Mardi Gras Balls. Many events will be planned for students and faculty by the Athenaeum and/or by various campus clubs. However, the bonus feature is that students are encouraged--even expected--to get together on their own initiative in any number and form to use the building. Form a backgammon tourney, a soap-watching group, or invite a professor to an informal discussion. All we ask is 7 days advance notice and that the comfortable surroundings be respected in the conduct and content of the activity. No one without a shirt and shoes will be served.


Afternoon tea and sweets will be served Monday thru Friday 3:00-4:30 p.m. This relaxing activity occurs in the library and will begin Monday, September 10. May we suggest students invite faculty members to join them? No reservations required.

Sunday Brunches Extraordinaire are scheduled for the first Sunday of each month beginning October 7. Brunches consist of a lavish buffet of goodies and beverages in a semi-formal setting and do require reservations. Sign-ups are included with the announcement of events which require name and meal card information.

Fiesta California: Chicanos and Contemporary American Politics

Monday September 10, the Claremont Colleges Chicano Studies Center in conjunction with the CMC Dean of Students Office and the MMC Athenaeum will sponsor a dinner and speech by New Mexico's Governor Toney Anaya.

Dynamic speaker Governor Anaya, a prominent Chicano community leader, will speak at 8:00 p.m, on the role of the Chicano community in American politics today. There will be a reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. Reservations for the dinner portion of the Fiesta California program must be in by Friday, September 7 at noon.

An Evening with Robert Dorian
Thursday, September 13, 1984

"Mystifies, baffles, and confounds... DIABOLICAL." That's the way the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner described clairvoyant-mentalist Robert Dorian, who will open The Athenaeum series on Thursday, September 13th. A reception at 5:30 and dinner at 6:00 will be followed by Dorian's performance. Dorian, who appears frequently at The Magic Castle in Los Angeles, has earned enthusiastic critical acclaim throughout the country for his baffling and amazing displays of mindreading. Critics have described the young mentalist as "uncanny," "incredible," and "marvelously mystifying." This promises to be a unique and highly entertaining evening. We can accommodate 150 people for Mr. Dorian's performance and will accept reservations through September 10th.

Thursday, September 20, 1984

September twentieth will be "manager's specialty" night at the Athenaeum. We have planned an authentic Oktoberfest and Herr Harald Bauer promises abundant German cuisine and music. Tickets must be ordered by September 17. Sign up now or call x8244 to make reservations.

I, Claudius

I, Claudius (1976), the popular BBC series, will be screened on successive Monday evenings from September 24 to November 5. We hope to have 40 students and faculty participate in the seven screenings. Two episodes will be screened each time, the first from 5:00-6:00 p.m., dinner will be served at 6:00, and the second episode will be screened at 7:00 p.m.

The series, which was the biggest hit in the history of BBC, stars Derek Jacobi, who has been hailed as the greatest English speaking actor of his generation. Last summer during the Olympics Arts Festival Jacobi scored a triumph in his appearances with the Royal Shakespeare Company. As I, Claudius, which was dramatized by Jack Pulman from Robert Graves's famous novel, Jacobi gives a remarkable performance as the stammering, limping Claudius who sheds his reputation as a fool, almost a court jester, to become a great emperor in a Rome filled with intrigue, decadence, and rampant ambition. Co-starring with Jacobi is Sian Philips as the scheming, ruthless, and remarkable Livia.

I, Claudius is a grandly entertaining and enriching series. Plan to sign-up for all seven evenings by September 18.


Would you like to run your own business rather than work in someone else's? Hear how others did it! This fall, the Athenaeum will host five entrepreneurs who founded and now run their own multi-million dollar firms. The dinner meetings run on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. on September 18, October 2 and 30, November 20, and December 4. Speakers will include the CEOs of an investment portfolio management firm, an investment banker, an agricultural conglomerate, a property development firm, and a mortgage banking and financial services group.

Speakers will discuss their own preparation and experiences, their operating policies, and their personal principles. Participation will be limited to 25 to allow personal interaction and attendance at all five sessions will be encouraged. Professor Bjork is the organizer of the series and can supply further information.


No doubt everyone has heard of the incredible amounts of food, fun, and entertainment to be had at the second annual Madrigal Feast. The Athenaeum staff goes all out for this event, and it should not be missed! Festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m. December 5, 6, and 7. Purchase tickets before November 1st at the Athenaeum Office to ensure seating. Prices are: $5.00 with meal card number and $7.00 without. There will be plenty of reminders and more details later.