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The Concordiensis. (Schenectady, N.Y.) 1877-current, February 24, 1995, Image 76

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's r- f, l- 0 1- l- 1- te e, 1t >f te is i- n Llt a w Llt to IS :l- td m is ry tg a s l ' I t I l. ) 1·. l The Campus The Concordiensis ·February 24, 1995 ·Page B41 The Rathskeller: The History of a Student Favorite by Heather Manley /Associate News Editor In the fall of 1948, the Board of Trustees of Union College granted authority to the Student Council to operate a snack bar facility in the basetnent of Stotler Hall, home of the Geology department. Thus began the forty-six year history of the Rathskeller. Originally called th<;! the general manager during his \Dutchmen's Rathskeller,\ it senioryear. Helaterbecamethe opened because students had no Union College Registrar and fac- place to gather informally to ·eat .· ulty advisor to the Rathskeller. orenjoyaheer. Fromthetimethe ·· AfterSchmidtretiredin 1985,the doors opened for business on Student Forum gave the school December2, 1949,unti11961, the $65,000, the equivalentto the ac- Rathskeller was entirely student · · cumulated net revenue that the operated, under the official man- Rathskeller generated during · agementofthe UnionCollege Stu- thirty-six years. Part ofthis sum dent Council, Inc., the predeces- was designated for endowing the sor to the Student Forum. Stu- Calvin Schmidt Prize~ which is dents controlled the hiring, man- . given to an outstanding junior aging, buying and bookkeeping. . each year on Prize Day. During its planning stag~s, · In the spring of1969, the stu~ . somemembersofthecollegecom- . dentofficers and college.admin- munity protested the sale of beer · istration decided riot to open if tostudents. They,aswellassome · professional management could Schenectady residents feared it not be employed to replace the Students enjoy beer in the Rathskeller (1955) Alcohol is no longer served at this location. would be detrimental to student recent poor managementand ser- indirect lighting designed by stu- Student Council, Inc. discussed In 1987, the Rathskeller served morals, while others argued it vice. Itremainedclo.sed that fall, dents. An average of three hun- posting a \No Dancing\ sign in breakfast from 7:30 to 10:45 a.m. would he a good place forgather- but reopened in January of -1962 dred people per day came to the the Rathskeller because singing Patrons could buy two eggs with ing and entertaining guests. under the direction of Saga Food Rathskeller. At this time, a stu- and dancing was not permissible toast for ninety cents, french The Student Council could net Service. The college's Board of dent worker could not earn more withoutcollecting taxes for goods toast for $1.05 and coffee for financially support the start-up Directors maintained a year to than thirteen dollars a week. At sold when these activities are in thirty-five cents. costs of the \Dutchmen's Raths- yearcontractwithSaga until Sep- today'.swages, that is roughlx_the progress. Today, the cheeseburgers cost keller.\ Instead, students volun- temberof1978, when UnionCol- equivalent pay of working three In 1976, a pitcher ofGenessee a little more, rock n' roll is found teered to both donate and raise lege Food Service assumed man- hours a week before taxes. To- beer cost $1 ,50, a bottle of on the jukebox, students sing and funds and amassed over $3,000. agement. The last management day, students work anywhere from Heine ken cost $1.00, a ten ounce occasionally dance, and beer is no Manyex-GI's oncampushelped changeoccurredinl994,w.henthe fourtotenhours.aweek. soda cost twenty cents, a BLT longer served. Thecarvingsthat in the construction with carpen- collegeprivatizeddiningservices OnJanuary7, 1962,thejukebox cost eighty cents and a cheese- are added daily to the table tops try and wiring skills learned while under-the direction ofthe Marriott was installed. The records were a burger cost seventy cents. tell their own history. Yet, forty- in the service. Corporation. mixture of artists, but none were In 1985, the Rathskeller stopped six years later, the Rathskeller in Calvin Schmidt, class of 1952, The original ''Dutchmen's rock n' roll. No music was allowed serving alcohol due to the change still the place where students can was a founding student member Rathskeller\ was decorated with during. evening hours. in the legal drinking age from eigh- go to gather informally to eat, and iinportant influence in the his- travel posters along the walls, • On January 10 of that year, how- teen to twenty-one, making most study or relax. tory of the Rathskeller. He was leatherette upholstered chairs and ever, the Board ofDirectors of the of the students underage. The Way We Were, Starring Redford & .Streisand, Filmed at Historic Union by Jody Mousseau Concordiensis Staff In the fall of 1972, Union Col- lege took its claim to fame and found its place on the silver screen. Certain scenes of The Way We Were were shot on the Union campus. Robert Redford and Barbara Streisand, stars of the movie, brought a relatively differ- ent spirit to the campus for a short time. The Cornell University campus acted as the setting for the story in Arthur Laurent's book, how- ever, when it came time to choose the setting for the nostalgic col- lege scenes, it was decided that the Cornell University campus was a much too modem setting. In searching for an alternate loca- tion to film the scenes, Williams College in Williamstown, MA was chosen. However, due to a provi- sion in the contract which forced the camera crew off campus be- fore the beginning of the fall se- mester, the directors again sought fora college campus on which to film portions of the movie. The Union College campus became the lqcation for the filming ofthe col- legiate scenes after the directors visited and were astonished by the beauty of the setting. The Way We Were, produced by Sydney Pollack and Ray Stark, is the story of Katie Morosky, played by Barbara writer. The 1930's setting depicts their nostalgic story. The movie crew began arriving left a certain character, which had not existed before Those who Streisand and Hubbell ..-.-.---·~·.-· . .- .................... ....,.. ................... _.._. ............. .- .. - . .- ,, Gardiner, played by Rob- f H 0 M E C 0 M I N G \ were given a chance to take part in the scenes would always have special memories of Union. Altogether, the por- tion of The Way We Were composed of scenes filmed on the Union campus lasts about twenty minutes. ertRedford. Morosky, the \ UN!ON COUEGt PREVIEW headoftheYoungCom- ~ HTHE WAY WE WERE\ \ munists League on cam- \ ~ fridaw, \lctober 12, 1!fl3 - 9:0(1 P. ~t pus, is the star of many .~ \ ClNEMA 7, Latintm,. J•-L Y. \ touching scenes, includ- ~ ·st\ ~n. 002 4 \. ing a speech made about : ·~ - ..,.. \\' -· .,.. -- .... -:·.-··-:::~·\:\:.·-:-......--- .. -- .. - . .- _.,...,, · The world premiere screening of The Way We the Spanish civil war. The scene captured the beauty of the campus, and was located on Li- brary Field with the Nott Memo- rial in the background. Robert Redford portrays an aspiring in mid-August. Extras were needed for over 1 000 small parts, including a football rally and a prom scene. For many residents and students, this was a once in a lifetime opportunity. The extras were forced to comply with the plans of the producers, many ha\- ing to cut their hair very short to depictthc 1930's era Forthccol- lcgc students of the early 1970's, only a place on the silver screen would have convinced them to do this. Many scenes became longer than originally intended due to the producer's wishes to utilize the beauty of the campus. A scene was produced specifically to use Jackson's Gardens. Many adjust- ments were made to perfectly de- pict the story. One minute in the movie required a complete \makeover\ ofLibrary Plaza to add a more antiquated, nostalgic look to the setting. The beautiful month of September allowed for filming to go smoothly. The short period of filming on the campus Were was shovvn in New York City on October 16, 1973. The commercial debut took place on November 1, 1973. However, the Union College community re- ceived special treatment in their viewing ofthe movie. llomecom- ing weekend, which normally con- sists of numerous spcciJl events and the home footbJII game, \\as made extraordinary On October 12, 1973 at 9 PM, the Union Col- lege community was invited to become the first of the public to witness the product of what had been filmed on campus only a year earlier. Cinema 7 hosted the film- ing, and many members of the Union community were invited to experience the finished product Alumni and past and present members of the Union community can be proud of the portion of The Way We Were which glorifies the beauty of the Union Campus for the rest of the public to witness. It will forever be known as one of the monumental events in Union, s history.

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