Tuesday, November 08, 2005

The fun of changing names

Swarthmore built a new dorm and did not immediately name it. Hence it was called New Dorm. Then it was named: Alice Paul Hall. People initially resisted calling the dorm by its given name, but because "Alice Paul Hall" is so much fun to say the ironic appellation soon became the standard appellation. Now comes a new attempt to change a name:
I am very pleased to announce the new name for the 80 seat lecture hall in the Science Center (formerly "199"): the Cunniff Lecture Hall. Cunniff is pronounced "K'niff."

Carley L. Cunniff was a distinguished alumna, a trusted advisor and a
beloved friend of the College. She was graduated from Swarthmore in 1972 with a degree in Art History. She earned an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1976, and was Executive Vice President of the New York investment bank Ruane, Cunniff. She joined the Board of Managers in 1999 and was a member until her death on January 16, 2005.

In keeping with the Swarthmore tradition of naming rooms, please join me in
calling the room the Cunniff Lecture Hall.
"K'niff" is less fun to say than "one-ninety-nine." I predict failure.


Blogger henry said...

Of course I haven't been around for the last couple of months, but I'm upset to hear that "Alice Paul" has caught on as the New Dorm's new moniker. But I guess the '09 class knows it only as "Alice Paul" ...but everyone else should know better!

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