Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Why is this thus?

Hmmm, who is this a quote from anyway?! None other than Artemus Ward, an American humorist of the early 20th century. Pondering the thisness of thusness on the lawn of the old Normal School are, left to right, Perry, Lathrop, Thompson and Cooper. Heh, we suppose you had to be there to really get it, lol. But it is nice to see that these fellows, who usually are pictured in rather stern poses, could relax and have a little fun, as they did in this 1929 Saga yearbook photo.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Campus School Reunion!!!

There is going to be a reunion of campus school alumni and staff on Friday July 22; click here for information. It should be a great day for the many people who attended the campus school or worked there.

The campus school, or practice or training school, as it was variously called over the years, has a long history. For those not familiar with it, a campus school was just that, a real school on campus; in it's latter years in the 1940s and '50s it was like a small elementary school. In earlier years it actually ran up through the high school level!

It started in 1867, when the old Collegiate Institute became a state Normal School. The focus of a Normal School was on teacher training, and as part of that it seemed logical to run a small school on campus, where student teachers could practice teaching under the watchful eye of experienced "teacher critics."

Look here for more on the campus school in the days to come, and we hope to see you at the reunion!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Whiskers, the college dog

In the March 1924 Stylus there is the following entry about a dog who was part of campus life then. Unfortunately there is no accompanying photo of Whiskers, but included here is a photo of another "English Sheep Hound..."

   "Who is 'Whiskers?' That question may be answered by almost any student in B.N.S.  For this English Sheep-hound is perhaps one of the most popular dogs in town. With his long, gray and white hair (usually a little soiled) he makes a very striking picture... To see this dog with his intelligent nods and gestures when one comes into the Normal cloak room after a weary and monotonous class, relieves the strain and tension of the nerves. He is always willing to shake hands although once in awhile they are not manicured.  But he doesn't mind such trifles.

His parking place is generally in the Normal cloakracks, but occasionally he strolls about the classrooms and corridors to look things over and see that everything is in order.

Some members of the faculty have had the hardness of heart (and I might say possibly the nerve) to put this innocent little canine out of our school life, but up to this time they have not succeeded.

"Whiskers" shall wear no man's collar. He has a perfectly good one of his own. He is 100% for the students. Long live the king of dogs!"

Jessica Michaels

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Researching Brockport: the Stylus & Normalia Index

An excellent resource for researching Brockport's past is the online index for two student publications, the Normalia and the Stylus.  The Stylus is the student newspaper many have known over the years; the Normalia the predecessor to the Stylus.  The index covers these two publications from 1900-2008, offering access to over 100 years of the college's history! (Please note that this is indeed an "index:" that is you enter your search, then you get results showing what dates and pages have articles on the topic at hand. To get the actual Stylus article go to our microfilm collection on the ground floor; the Normalia was never microfilmed  and is available in the college archives.)