Butt B is EastCo

Earlier this year a taped sign in the Butterfield B courtyard that used to read “HPPI” (for the Health Professions Partnership Initiative office located on the 1st floor) was torn down to reveal a more prominent sign (above) reading “East College“, causing reactions ranging from apathy to mild curiosity among residents who thought they were living in a fairly unremarkable dorm on a far side of campus… until now!

You knew about WestCo, and North College, and maybe even South College, but EastCo? Why the (literal) cover-up? Why expose it now? Could Butt B have been intended at some point to be an eastern counterpart to that more prominent dorm in the West? Is this some kind of passive-aggressive attempt at re-branding by ResLife?

In that case, what’s next for this latently cardinally-directed building? A personality? A cohesive sense of community? More noise? I can’t be the only mildly curious to hear answers.

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58 thoughts on “Butt B is EastCo

  1. johnwesley

    I know at one time CSS and COL were both located physically in “the Lawn Avenue dorms” which made naming them for Butterfield kind of logical. The idea was to make them sort of modern versions of Oxbridge.The relationship between the three residential programs became a tad too incestuous (people from East College would enroll in CSS or COL and basically, never be seen again by the rest of campus.) Co-education put dorm rooms at a premium, and was another major reason why CSS eventually moved out of the Butts.The reputaion for being the more buttoned-down version of West College, however, never left East College entirely.

  2. johnwesley

    I know at one time CSS and COL were both located physically in “the Lawn Avenue dorms” which made naming them for Butterfield kind of logical. The idea was to make them sort of modern versions of Oxbridge.

    The relationship between the three residential programs became a tad too incestuous (people from East College would enroll in CSS or COL and basically, never be seen again by the rest of campus.)

    Co-education put dorm rooms at a premium, and was another major reason why CSS eventually moved out of the Butts.

    The reputaion for being the more buttoned-down version of West College, however, never left East College entirely.

  3. Anonymous

    somebody with more time/resources than part-time bloggers have should investigate the tangents all these questions are bringing up. Argus?

  4. Anonymous

    somebody with more time/resources than part-time bloggers have should investigate the tangents all these questions are bringing up. Argus?

  5. Robert

    Just for a little more history. I started at Wes in the fall of ’91, and they still accepted applications for EastCo that summer. I think, though, that might have been the last year.I wound up living in Butt A, and – to scare current students a little more – back then the rooms didn’t even have their own phones, never mind cable, etc. that is obviously standard now. Each end of a Butt hall had a group phone that we shared. I think the summer of ’92 was when they finally put phones in most of the Butt rooms, but if memory serves there was one part that didn’t get room phones till the following summer.

  6. Robert

    Just for a little more history. I started at Wes in the fall of ’91, and they still accepted applications for EastCo that summer. I think, though, that might have been the last year.

    I wound up living in Butt A, and – to scare current students a little more – back then the rooms didn’t even have their own phones, never mind cable, etc. that is obviously standard now. Each end of a Butt hall had a group phone that we shared. I think the summer of ’92 was when they finally put phones in most of the Butt rooms, but if memory serves there was one part that didn’t get room phones till the following summer.

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