Today in NC State History: Dorms open doors to club life

October 5, 2014
By Chris Saunders

historyIconOne 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.”

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