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The Spectrum (Buffalo, N.Y.) 1955-current, December 11, 1978, Image 4

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* I When Hayes Hail was an almshouse Memories of UB grads in early years of Arts and Sciences School I by Mary Kay Fisch | A small, private, new liberal arts college £ ... does it sound familiar? Although this - image is unrecognizable to many students | today, it is IB, the one that students knew S in the 1920s. The quiet University may live ft on only in the memories of its graduates. I? I oday, UB is scattered among numerous jo campuses. During the 1920s, the University a was similarly spread out, yet on a smaller • scale, from downtown Buffalo to the Main | Street Campus. The Medical School was on J High Street, the School of Dentistry on ~ Goodrich, the Law School on Eagle Street and the School of Pharmacy in Orin Hall f (now Foster). Trolley cars - the ’20s’ J answer to Blue Bird buses - provided transportation between the far-flung departments. around that little college,\ related Emily Webster, another student of the 1920s. “It was called ‘the poorman’s college' and the street car college.’ Its reputation was in the building,” she said, remembering, “I think from the beginning that U8 was as good a college as they come.\ In 1920, a drive was held to raise funds for the new liberal arts school. LeWin remembers that he chased an open limousine down Delaware Avenue during a parade. When he caught up to it, LeWin asked Jhe Democratic Presidential candidate to endorse the drive, which he did. LeWin chuckled, “A little article, amusing to everyone, appeared in the papers saying that I had the audacity to stop the motorcade long enough to get him to sign the thing.” In the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as much of the University, “the Buildings, cars, buses and masses of people merge into the urban setting of today’s Main Street Campus, a stark contrast to the pheasants and even an occasional deer which roamed the front lawn among die apple trees. overwhelming majority of the students were from Buffalo or Western New York,” recalled Horton, who graduated from UB in 1926. \The student body was much smaller and more homogeneous. They came from middle class families, avoiding both extremes of the social spectrum.” Most students lived at home or near the campus, as there were no dormitories. ‘The Dean of Women would search out and find an appropriate home for a girl. And you couldn’t live in just anyplace. You had to live in one of her approved residences,” recalled Webster. ‘Stiff House’ Before its renovation in the mid ’20s, Hayes Hall was the Hospital for the Erie County Almshouse, Today, Hayes houses the School of Architecture and Environmental Design. A cabbage patch provided the makings for soup. ‘The residents t»f the County Home were ignored by students as we went by,” recalled Harriet Montague, Mathematics professor emeritus. “We kind of shunned them. They were in another world as far as we were concerned. I guess that we were kind of self-centered.” History professor John Horton told of the \Stiff House,\ the small stone building, currently Hayes D. If bodies of the dead remained unclaimed, the \stiffs” were transported to the Medical School for anatomy class dissection. A very close connection existed between Buffalo doctors and Buffalo’s Medical School since most of the physicians were UB graduates.Dr. Thurber LeWin joined the UB Medical School faculty in 1927. He taught a course on the relationship of diseases of the mouth to diseases of the eye. \For 10 years, it was the only course in the United States in which there was a separate group of lectures devoted entirely to that little subject. The most important part, which Discrimination against women As the only girl in her surveying course, Montague remembers, “Some of the boys thought that was a big joke. They didn’t let me use the instruments very much. They let me be the note-taker.” Although There were a large number of women at the University, discrimination did occur. Promotions came more slowly and women received less pay. The excuse women often heard was that “the men have responsibilities to support their families,” said Olive Lester, the first woman to serve as a department chairman in the College of Arts and Sciences. \It was just a stuff of nonsense, she continued. Montague recalls receiving an annual salary of $1800 and to receive $2000. \We were in a financial crisis in the depression,” she reported. \Without a dissenting vote, the faculty voted to take a 10 percent cut in pay, so I was back to $1800.” The old archivt, a classics class, Womtn'i lounga in Hay as Hall 'A woman cou/dn't live just any place \ I ve often laughed at, was that it was the law went into effect that you had to have a only time in my connection with UB that I year of pre-medical, the Am Department was on the paid faculty,” LeWin started to pick up,” he related. \When the commente . I aw was a g a j n changed to two years, it Contrary to the four years of furthered the efforts of the Arts pre-medical training currently required, Department and it really got going.” LeWin studied for only one year in the School of Am and Sciences, housed in Limousine chasing Townsend Hall. “The Arts was die only », n the early days of the liberal arts department and was quite weak. 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