from the EDITOR A movable feast. That’s what I called the plan to keep us fed here at Taft while the dining hall undergoes a major transformation. The biggest news on campus this fall has been the opening of the new “servery” (see page 9). Although the view of the old kitchen corridor this fall, as seen from the pond, has looked more like a scene from Beirut than it has the Gund Partnership’s beautiful sketches, arriving at the new market-style serving area to select our meal each day has been a welcome light near the end of our construction tunnel. To be honest, the process has gone far more smoothly than anyone anticipated. Using the Jigger Shop as a second dining hall until the new spaces are completed has eased the crowding and been a very pleasant spot for faculty and students alike. If all goes well, seniors are hoping to have the Jig and adjacent student union back for part of spring term. In any event, Horace Dutton Taft Hall should be looking mighty fine by Alumni Weekend in May. So please come back and see it for yourselves. You’ll find details about the weekend, and specific reunion plans as they unfold, on our website: TaftAlumni.com.
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America Fall 2009
n John Gussenhoven ’65 parks his Harley
to capture this image of the Anza-Borrego Desert, east of Julian, California, for his book, Crisscrossing America (p. 22). “Even though there is no visible water source for miles across this imposing landscape,” writes John, “these colorful, healthy ocotillo plants oddly flourish in these dry, desert climes.” 2 Taft Bulletin Fall 2009
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