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One of the fun aspects of campus life to revisit is the history of rivalries between dorms. Whether it be snowball warfare between Bragaw and Bagwell or intense badminton rivalries between Sullivan and Lee, students typically want to represent their campus homes with honor and respect while trying to take down a neighboring dorm.
And it was on this day in 1929 that the North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering announced that such spirit would be encouraged by the formation of dormitory clubs.
“The purpose of this new group of organizations is to better the living conditions in our dormitories,” The Technician reported. “Also, in addition we will have a means of promoting desirable competition between dormitory men in the way of sports, social affairs, scholarship, and pride in rooms.”
The move allowed for intramural sporting events to be held between the dorms and fraternities. And it allowed for the Faculty Woman’s Club to sponsor room-decoration competitions.
“Curtains will be made for the students and sold to them at cost,” The Technician reported. “Pictures will be bought in large lots and sold to the students at wholesale prices.”
It may be surprising to some current students, but there was a time in the not-so-distant past that beer was served on campus at NC State.
In fact, it was in early September 1971 when beer was first served in the Erdahl-Cloyd Student Union at an acoustic concert where the alcohol was “all-you-can-drink.” And it was free.
But a Technician account from that performance reveals that the free beer was problematic:
“The Coffee House crowd sat near the front, interested in the music, while the beer drinkers circled the beer tap. Noise from the back was so loud at one time that [the performer] had to ask for quiet so he could continue his performance. … His fine guitar work and excellent voice lost their impact in the competition with the sudsippers to the rear.”
There was one subsequent attempt to marry free beer and folk music before the debauchery drowned out the ditties. At the second coffee house, the Technician reported that less than 300 people drained 10 kegs of beer. “That’s about a gallon apiece,” said the president of the student union.
So it was on this day 43 years ago that NC State ended the practice of bottomless brew cups.
“From now on,” a representative from the entertainment board said, “the beer idea will be more of a happy hour. Free beer will be supplied for about an hour before the entertainment begins, then the service will be closed and the music can start.”
Leazar Hall may have been down. But it was not out, despite published reports to the contrary.
On this day in 1970, the Technician reported that Leazar Hall was about to be shut down.
But the building itself was not shutting down. Instead, the cafeteria that operated inside the building was finally closing down after a few years of difficulty.
“Leazar Hall will end its long cafeteria career at State at the end of the first semester,” the newspaper reported. “The cafeteria has had to close on weekends during mid-semesters for the past two years, and the dining hall did not open its doors at all on weekends this fall. Harris Cafeteria will continue its normal operation.”
Leazar Hall was named for Augustus Leazar, a teacher, newspaper publisher and politician who was one of the state legislators who introduced the bill that led to the establishment of NC State. The interior of the building was renovated in 2006 to create studio and office space for the College of Design.
There’s an endless list of rock ‘n’ roll and country music legends who roared through Reynolds Coliseum over the years and left the crowds wowed by their performances.
The Rolling Stones in ’65. Elton John in ’80. Van Halen in ’82. And who can forget Conway Twitty closing his show with “Three Times a Lady” and “It’s Only Make Believe” in 1984?
That succession of music memories ended temporarily on this day in 1984, however, when university officials announced Reynolds Coliseum would no longer host rock concerts.
“Reynolds Coliseum will not be booking any future rock concerts,” read the first line in the Technician‘s lead story that day.
That statement, as reported in the same article, was the only statement released by Richard Farrell, business manager of Reynolds Coliseum at the time. It seemed to be a response to a request from Jim Edwards, chairman of the Union Activities Board‘s entertainment committee. He had written a letter to Athletics Director Willis Casey earlier that August asking for approval to invite such acts as ZZ Top, Bruce Springsteen and Prince to play inside Reynolds.
Instead of receiving a response from Casey, Edwards got the one-sentence statement from Farrell, according to the Technician.
“I personally feel the administration has made this decision because most of the crowd (at rock concerts) are non students, and because they don’t like the type of crowd that rock ‘n’ roll concerts draw,” Edwards told the paper. “For Friends of the College events, I feel that student attendance is lower than at rock ‘n’ roll concerts such as Van Halen. …To me they’re segregating the types of music.”
The policy by NC State administrators turned out to be only a temporary injunction on fun at the coliseum, as acts like the Charlie Daniels Band, Alabama and Aerosmith went on to rock out Reynolds in the late 1980s.
In the early 1980s, D.H. Hill officials informed Chancellor Bruce Poulton of their beliefs that the library needed an addition to accommodate the growing number of students who were crowding the study spaces and room for stacks, according to a 1986 issue of the Technician.
And it was on this day in 1986 that NC State announced that the next phase in the construction of a new tower would begin. The first phase, in which underground utilities were moved, was finished earlier that year, in February.
Photo courtesy of the Technician.
“Phase two is the construction of the building itself…the foundation, walls and roofs,” University John G. Fields told the Technician.
NC State received $9.3 million from the N.C. General Assembly for the construction, which was estimated to be completed in 20 months.
Fields also told the Technician the existing tower and the planned tower would connect and would “look like one.”
Construction was completed and the tower, now known as South Tower, opened in 1990.
North Residence Hall doesn’t take reservations, and there’s no nightclub to entertain Raleigh’s politicians on the premises.
That wasn’t always true, though. North used to be a hotel, first called the Lemon Tree Inn and then the John Yancey Motor Hotel. There was a restaurant and even a night club known as Merry Monk that, according to an NC State facilities website, served as “a favorite establishment among legislators and other politicians during the 1970s.”
And it was on this day in 1979 that the university completed its deal to buy the hotel and convert it into a residence hall.
North Residence Hall
The deal came in at $3 million and held the promise of offering 362 students newly converted hotel rooms for their housing, according to the Technician.
Regular dorm rooms were priced at $245 per student per semester in 1979, but a room in North cost a student $450 per semester. Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Banks Talley defended the price due to the building’s built-in amenities.
“Each room, [Talley] said, has wall-to-wall carpeting, air conditioning and a private bath,” the Technician reported. “Also, residents of the North Building will not be subject to the annual lottery and can retain their rooms as long as they are students.”
Daryl Liles and his brother, Derek, have always done everything together. They were born together, as twins, so that’s only natural.
Derek Liles paints one end zone of Carter-Finley Stadium. Photo by Ted Richardson.
They grew up rooting for the Wolfpack together with their parents. They came to NC State and graduated from the Agricultural Institute in 1998 together.
And now they work to protect the sacred grounds of NC State athletics for coaches, players and fans. Daryl is the turf supervisor for athletics grounds, and Derek is facilities supervisor.
This fall will be their 15th full season working athletic events, from double-headers at Doak Field to game-day Saturdays at Carter-Finley Stadium.”With the pressure that comes with college athletics, it puts pressure on coaches to win,” Derek says of his job. “That puts pressure on everybody else. We work a lot of hours. You like to see a season come in, but you like to see them end, too.”
Daryl Liles raises a net for an extra point attempt at Carter-Finley Stadium. Photo by Ted Richardson.
The twins told themselves when they were at the Agricultural Institute that they would graduate and own their own landscaping business. “We cut grass all of our lives and grew up on a farm in Knightdale,” Daryl says. But they both got an internship with the athletics facilities division on campus that presented them with options, one of which stood out.
“In turf grass, you’re either on the golf course, athletic fields, landscaping or sales. [But with athletic fields] you get satisfaction of how your field looks,” Daryl says. “And you’re getting paid to watch Division I athletics. But at the same time, you’re here if something goes wrong to deal with it.”
That something could be an assortment of trouble. It might be an airplane liquor bottle shoved in a urinal during a game. It might be managing an array of contests across campus on a Saturday afternoon. It might be a breaker going out on a scoreboard. Or it might mean having to delay painting the football field for a Saturday game all week because of a tropical storm, as was the case when the University to South Carolina came to town one year.
“Friday morning, there was no paint on the field,” Daryl says. “We came in at 4 o’clock that morning, painted throughout the day and finished at seven that night.”
Of course, as Derek points out, sometimes something going wrong could bode well for NC State fans. “Early on, we dealt with tearing down goal posts,” he says. “It seems like every week, we’d beat Florida State or East Carolina, and we’d scramble to get a new set of goal posts up.”
The Liles brothers love being near college athletics every day on the job, even if it does mean they can’t use their two season tickets to football games (they give them to their parents). But they do get to enjoy their season tickets to the Carolina Hurricanes.
The ice is the one place where they can just be fans.
NC State magazine was granted full access in fall of 2013 to see all the behind-the-scenes work that goes in to putting on a game at Carter-Finley on Saturdays. We included a feature about what we saw in the summer issue, which should be in mailboxes very soon. We also produced a video to show how the stadium comes alive.
Campus officials announced earlier this week that a new boutique hotel will take up residence on Centennial Campus in 2016. It’s just the latest building on the campus in a line of new development, including a clubhouse at Lonnie Poole Golf Course, the James B. Hunt Jr. Library and Wolf Ridge Apartments.
But it was on this day in 1988 that Centennial Campus first started to round into form, as officials announced the proposed streets and thoroughfares that would run through campus.
The plans were actually a composite of several plans that had been proposed by various entities, including NC State and the city of Raleigh, according to the Technician.
“The ‘X’ plan, which called for two large intra-campus streets to criss-cross one another, and the ‘Y’ plan which called for a main street which would branch off into two dissipating streets have been abandoned for the composite plan,” the Technician reported. The cost of the planned road work came in at a total of $2 million, according to the article.
NC State officials also announced that there was an ongoing study to research the feasibility of a monorail system that would connect Centennial Campus to main campus.
It was a quiet morning on campus in mid-June 1988. Professor Anton Schreiner was in the midst of teaching a chemistry class in Dabney Hall.
Then 9:42 a.m. came on this day 26 years ago, and news of a fluorine leak from the building’s laster system spread. Shreiner’s students left the building along with everybody else in there.
“I heard someone run by and scream, ‘Fluorine leak!’ and grabbed my stuff and left,” said Brian Buckley, a doctoral student working on research in Dabney, said in the Technician.
The leak of the corrosive gas occurred on Dabney’s seventh floor and led to the evacuation of hundreds of students, faculty and staff from both Dabney and Cox halls.
The cause was the rupture of a copper pipe that carried a helium/fluorine mixture for a laser. One firefighter sustained injuries from a chemical burn, and someone broke into one of the evacuated buildings to steal a Macintosh II personal computer.
“Friday afternoon there were still a few dozen people from the connected halls waiting outside, sipping iced tea and soda provided by the fire department,” the Technician reported. “They were not able to go home because in their rush to leave when the alarms went off, they left behind purses, wallets important notes and car keys.”
But by Saturday morning, Cox and Dabney were re-opened.
NC State’s Department of English had been housed in Winston Hall for 20 years in the spring of 1980. But due to space constraints and a move into the digital age, it was announced on this day in 34 years ago that the department would find a new home in Tompkins Hall.
“Right now, we are teaching any and everywhere,” said Larry S. Champion, professor of English and the department’s chair, in a 1980 Technician article. “We do desperately need the space.”
And part of that space would go to a state-of-the-art computer center to be used as a writing lab. It was meant to solidify a commitment to the writing and editing program and to help place students in journalism or business writing jobs.
“Students will use terminals with video display screens which will display texts for editing,” the Technician reported. “The terminals will be hooked by telephone line line into the Triangle Universities Computation Center (TUCC) used by State, Carolina and Duke, which is based at the Research Triangle.”
Tompkins, which has been home to the English department ever since, was undergoing a renovation at the time of the announcement. The building finally welcomed the wordsmiths in March 1981.