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The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum is Completed

To compare the new Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum to the Palace of Versailles is perhaps a slight exaggeration, and certainly no disrespect is meant toward the older institution. However, after strolling about the various dining rooms, after perusing the mahogany wall carving which greets visitors as they enter the main lobby of the building, it seems certain that this is not a uniquely individual impression, but one that will be shared by all students and faculty.

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.

U.S.- Latin American Relations

The formal opening of the Athenaeum will take place Sunday, September 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. We hope that all students will stop and look in during this initial open house. Julian Nava, former L. A. School Board Member and U. S. Ambassador to Mexico will be the first Athenaeum speaker on Monday, with a reception at 5:30 and dinner at 6:00. This event will mark CMC's participation in Fiesta California Week.

One of the most important aspects of the new Athenaeum is that it is meant to be in constant use. In fact, it will be open to students from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. In keeping with this spirit, afternoon teas will be held every weekday from 3-4:30 p.m. beginning September 19. Whether you bring a professor to disagree with his interpretation of Sarte's view of existence, or simply want to take a break from anything at all, the tea is the time, the Athenaeum the place! Check for location on the Athenaeum bulletin board.

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.

The Sociology of Magic

On Friday, September 16 Magician Bob Jardine will perform. After the act, Professor Peter Nardi will lead an informal discussion on the sociology of magic. There will be 120 openings for the evening including a brief reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:00 p.m. and the show at 7:00 p.m. If you would like to attend, please fill out the sign-up sheet and return it through campus mail before Tuesday, September 13.

Voyager Space Expedition

The Voyager Space Program will be the topic of a discussion and slide presentation Monday, September 19 by a noted scientist from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena. Approximately 70 seats are available for this dinner so be sure to fill out and return the sign-up sheet before Thursday, September 15.


After screening many qualified applicants, the Athenaeum Advisory Committee (including students Hugh Hallman, Dave Eastis, Peter Otte, Karen Awad, and Laura May) chose Glenn Kraemer and Dave Armstrong as Athenaeum Student Research Fellows for 1983-84. Both the Committee and Research Fellows are anxious to hear your suggestions and comments concerning the new Athenaeum so feel free to give us a call. Glenn - 621-7209 or 3575 Dave - 621-4241 or 3586.


Approximately 200 seats will be available for Claremont McKenna College's first annual Oktoberfest!!! This opportunity to revel in fine, wondrous food, and song will be but the first in a series of monthly theme dinners. The festivities will be held on Thursday, September 22 with dinner at 6:00 p.m. All who are interested should return this form no later than Monday, September 19 to the Athenaeum Mail Box at Story House.

Conversation with Anne and Stan Rice

Once again, that dynamic institution known as the Athenaeum braves new worlds, this time bringing true culture to this oft-times haven of pedestrianism. In their premiere here at CMC, the husband and wife literary team of Anne and Stan Rice promise to awaken within the soul of even the most quantitiative of students the creative yearnings of a writer.

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.