This editorial originally appeared in the Sept. 7, 1984, issue of The Concord. Bellarmine’s campus saw dramatic development in 1984, with the addition of the Brown Activities Building, Wyatt Hall, Alumni Hall and the Norton buildings for art and music.
With all the hullabaloo of construction around us, we expect to see changes on campus every day. Some changes are nice and long awaited, like the remodeling in the dorm lobby and the new carpet in Newman lounge. Other changes cause inconveniences.
Typical comments and complaints we have heard include, “Where exactly do people hang out these days” and “Why did they take down the covered walkway? I get wet when it rains.” Of course, the best example is, “Can you believe we have to walk all the way over to the Brown Center for our meals?”
These moanings and groanings are typical as the average student returns to college for another year. They usually last about 10 days and then everyone adjusts with only an occasional senior reminiscing about the “old days.”
In the meantime, very few of us stop to realize all the planning and preparation it took to get things together. The Brown Activities Center cafeteria was just finished as Welcome Week began. That meant everything from the old cafeteria had to be moved to the new cafeteria and people still needed to be fed at the same time. Without the hard work and dedication of Howard Davis, director of food services, and his team, we could still be eating out of the old cafeteria.
Let us cite a few examples of their high quality performance. During Welcome Week the stoves in the old cafeteria were not functional, nor were they in the new one. Yet the incoming freshman class along with the faculty and Welcome Week staff had dinner planned for the opening night. Mr. D and his crew worked in three kitchens (including the one in Bonaventure Hall) to prepare a meal. This special service continued for each meal throughout the week.
With the new A La Carte system, the cafeteria staff scored again. When the doors of the new cafeteria opened officially on Tuesday, Katherine Barton and her workers patiently and smoothly waited on students with equipment that was unfamiliar to them. And Lucy’s cheeseburgers still tasted as good as ever as she flipped them on her new grill.
These people are not the only ones who made the transition to a new school year smooth for us. We cannot forget the maintenance people who filled the new cafeteria with chairs for the freshman dinner late that same afternoon when the new chairs failed to arrive on time.
We also have Chris Beavin and the Data Center to thank for our coded identification cards and the computer program which runs the cafeteria cash register.
Nor can we leave out the administrators who have worked diligently, not only in the last few weeks, but all summer long. Without the Mike Overstreets, Jack Kampschaefers and Herm Silversteins of the world, we might not be where we are today.
Construction is not finished yet and we do have quite a bit of work left to accomplish, but the finished product is in sight. So keep that in mind as you grumble and complain. We all have a college to be proud of in all aspects – education, appearance, faculty, administration and students.
It is all due to the support and concern of those who care.