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This Week On the Hill: Save the Squirrels

by: Paris Wood '13, Staff Writer
PUBLISHED: 26 February 2012 No Comment

Frisbee is a sinister and disruptive sport that destroys our campus peace. One vandal tosses a flat circular piece of plastic to another, all the while trampling on the green, well maintained grass. Docile squirrels—important to the campus atmosphere—need to scurry furiously to preserve life and limb as vandal and Frisbee both land far too close for comfort. In the interest of keeping our campus greenery well-maintained (and our squirrels safe from trauma) Frisbee is no longer allowed on campus grounds. The above is of course, not true. One might imagine that some similar reasoning could have prompted the banning of the popular sport “fives” (played using the side of campus buildings) this week February 17, 1801 by the board of trustees. Who could blame them? Those darn kids are to perfectly good walls what sneakers and plastic disks are to grass and rodent mental health.
On February 16, 1936 President Eggleston was able to acquire a gift sufficient to have a new academic facility built. That facility is Morton Hall. It’s where students are instructed in philosophy, literature, history, economics, and the classics. Its conception and construction were both needed to replace a quickly failing structure that used to sit between Cushing and Graham hall.  Dr. McClintock says that if one looks hard enough at the ground on a dry day, the lines of the long gone McIlwaine Hall can still be seen. McCilwane itself, burned down in 1957.
Between the attempt to rid the campus of the evil of “fives” and the construction of Morton hall, there is a lot to look back on and be grateful for in Hampden-Sydney history. Students can throw their plastic discs all around campus. This freedom of grass-trampling squirrel scaring fun extends to the shadow of Morton Hall, where we can go to learn about Aristotle, Hercules, and men and women of action that helped shape and create life as we know it today. The Hampden-Sydney student is a man of action; even if that action includes googling “fives” while nodding convincingly at professors. Sure, they know what you’re doing, but that’s just a part of the Hampden-Sydney experience…and your grade.
All information included in this article was acquired from an interview with Dr. Richard McClintock and Professor John Luster Brinkley’s “Hill History”.

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