Faculty Club

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Faculty Club is a series of three interconnected buildings located at 715-721 East Second Street. As their name implies, they were once used for employee housing, but are now used to house students. It is considered to be an off-campus house and is available to upperclassmen at Room Draw.

Faculty Club has 24/7 "Quiet Hours." For that reason, it is traditionally inhabited by particularly studious students.

History

South side and entrance to Faculty Club.
Faculty Club was created by superintendent of grounds D. Blake Stewart in the 1920s by merging three houses together. One was already on site, a second was shifted several feet into position, and the third was moved from down the street.[1]

For many years, Faculty Club was used to house bachelor members of the faculty. A kitchen and dining room offered meals for residents and their guests.

Layout

There are four separate sections of Faculty Club according to the floor plans on Carleton.edu:[2]

  • Faculty Club 012 holds six students. As it is buffered all around by hallways and lounges, it is a nice workaround for avoiding the quiet hours rules.
  • First floor East holds 16 students
  • Second floor East holds 16 students
  • First floor Center holds 16 students

Location

Faculty Club is near Watson Hall, but some have difficulty finding it. The following are walking directions from the West Side of campus:

  1. From the steps of Sayles, turn right toward Willis Hall.
  2. In front of Willis, cross the parking lot (College Street) and head toward Skinner Memorial Chapel.
  3. Pass the chapel and go between Hulings Hall, the Concert Hall, Arena Theater, and Mudd Hall.
  4. Bear right and go around Nourse Hall.
  5. Bear right toward Watson Hall.
  6. Follow Maple street in front of Watson and turn left onto Second Street.
  7. Faculty Club is the U-shaped building on the left facing down Elm Street.

Trivia

  • Faculty Club once included a dining room operated by the Carleton Food Service for its bachelor faculty residents. However, according to a story related by Owen Jenkins, the faculty couldn't stand each other, and so refused to come to a communal dinner, leading to the eventual closure of the dining room.[3]
  • Owen Jenkins also reported that "no faculty member had ever committed adultery in Faculty Club." It is unclear how he knew this fact.[3]
  • Faculty Club has a reputation for being very confusing to walk around in. This was alluded to in the DVD Fest 2005 film "The Story of the Faculty Club Ghost," in which a student becomes lost and so becomes a part of the walls.

References

  1. Gunn, Peter: Faculty Club Origins. Item 94 in the Cobwebs conference on Caucus (NetID required). October 5, 1998.
  2. Stadler, Linda: Floor Plans. September 6, 2000
  3. 3.0 3.1 Davis, Steven B.: Faculty Club Origins. Item 94:1 of Cobwebs. October 5, 1998.