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Throwback Thursday: When Commons was new

This week, Yale announced a $150 million gift from Stephen Schwarzman ’69 to create the Schwarzman Center, a student center and performing arts facility that will incorporate Commons dining hall and Memorial Hall. Our February 5, 1902, issue featured a full-page photo of Commons in its first year of operation. “Manager Dershon has already learned something of the size of the appetites of a thousand hungry students to each meal,” we reported in the fall of 1901, “and he has had to keep his big store rooms in the basement well stocked to withstand the assault. The other day roast beef was on the menu, and it took 1,500 pounds to satisfy the demand.”


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